Kharkiv: SBU blocks ethnic group terrorising businessmen
SBU officers blocked the organized group specializing in money extortion from businessmen in Kharkiv region.
SBU operatives found that the gang comprised of natives of a Caucasian country. Criminals had wide links with representatives of criminal circles from other countries, in particular, Russia.
SBU officers documented the fact of extortion of USD 400,000 from local attorney as “interest” on USD 20,000 he earlier borrowed. On the chance non-payment, the racketeers threatened the man and his family with violence.
Law enforcers detained one of group organizers in central part of regional centre on receiving a part of illegal financial gain.
The issue on serving a notice of suspicion to the detainee in committing a crime and choosing a measure of restraint is now being settled.
The urgent investigative and operative actions on bringing to criminal responsibility other persons involved in organized group are ongoing in the framework of the criminal proceeding, stipulated by Part 2 Article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The operation was conducted jointly with the Police under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office.
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