A police vehicle in Piazza Giovanni XIII in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) | Photo: ARCHIVE ANSA
A police vehicle in Piazza Giovanni XIII in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) | Photo: ARCHIVE ANSA

The Italian police have arrested four people and carried out 70 searches in dismantling a criminal network involved in forging Italian documents for undocumented foreigners in the country.

The Italian police arrested four people and carried out 70 searches in dismantling a criminal network involved in forging Italian documents for undocumented foreigners in the country on Thursday (June 23). The investigation initiated after checks into the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack that started from an analysis of the acquaintances and relations of attacker Anis Amri.

The investigation made it possible to uncover the links between a criminal organization that in recent years supported the production and delivery of forged Italian documents to undocumented foreigners, of whom Amri was one.

Four crimes and four arrested

In the early morning hours of June 23, Italian police arrested four people on warrants issued by a preliminary investigations judge in Naples. Four of those arrested -- nationals from Ghana, Guinea, and Senegal -- will be kept in jail while a fourth foreigner from Central Africa has been put under house arrest.

The suspects are all believed to be part of a production chain for forged documents operating in the Naples and Caserta provinces.

One of the four for whom a warrant was issued, thanks to collaboration with the Dutch judicial authorities and the police, was tracked down over the night in Rotterdam and arrested on a European warrant requested by the Naples police.

The crimes they have been charged with are: accessory to counterfeiting, laundering of Italian ID documents, aiding and abetting undocumented migration, and receiving stolen goods.

70 people searched

Investigators also searched 70 people, most of whom Tunisians and Central Africans, across Italy who had appeared in various ways in the activities in some way connected with the criminal organization.

Police also focused on two printing presses of Naples where the forged documents were presumably created, as well as a money transfer office used for suspicious financial transactions.

 

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