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3 Famous Police Operations by Europol

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3 Famous Police Operations by Europol

Celebrating the airing of Eurochannel’s new series: Murders in Vienna, an action-packed series about an elite police team fighting crime in the Austrian capital, we have selected three famous Europol operations against crime that you should know about.

Operation Pachtou
In November 2005, more than 30 addresses of a wide range of people, suspected of being involved in the clandestine smuggling of thousands of illegal immigrants into the EU, were searched. That day marked the First international operation on such a scale supported by Europol. In total, 53 main suspects were arrested in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey. Subsequently, 56 illegal immigrants were arrested in France, mainly in the region of Calais, but also in Paris. The United Kingdom was the main destination country, although immigrants were also smuggled to the Scandinavian countries"

Operation Veto
A year before the Football (Soccer) World Cup to be hosted in Brazil in 2014, many people thought almost all results were rigged. This operation, which became the one with the highest international media attention, focused on match-fixing. The investigation discovered that a global criminal network was involved in widespread football match-fixing. The network’s activities took the form of a sophisticated organized crime operation, which generated illicit profits estimated in the hundreds of millions by gambling on fixed matches in the Asian betting markets.

Operation Koala
As a coordinated police operation that made it to the headlines in November 2007, Operation Koala became the first-ever press conference held in The Hage. The case began in 2006 when a child sexual abuse video was discovered in Australia and resulted in the dismantling of a global child pornography network that produced ‘tailor-made’ videos for about 2,500 customers in 19 countries. The first video was found to be produced in Belgium, where a Belgian perpetrator and two victims were identified. Consequently, the sole producer of the material – a 42-year-old Italian national, was arrested by the Italian national police in Bologna. After his arrest, the Italian authorities forwarded all digitalized material, including customer details to Europol. The material was analyzed and disseminated to 19 countries.

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