Brutal Clans in Berlin Believed to Be Behind Gold Coin Theft

I already reported on the spectacular theft of a Canadian gold coin weighing 100 kilo from the Bode Museum in Berlin. The police has revealed now that the suspects happens to be a Lebanese Mafia clan frequently clashing with the law.

Martina Lamb, the investigating attorney, says, “we have to assume that we are dealing with a structure of organised criminality sprawling across Arabic clans.”

As newspaper Preussische Allgemeine reports, large areas of drug trafficking, illegal gambling businesses, prostitution, and racketeering in Berlin are committed by only a small number of Arabic-speaking families. Noteworthy is the sheer brutality and criminal activity of these gangs.

Family ties make undercover investigation nearly im possible. Cases that are taken to the courts, threats against victims and witnesses are commonplace. Convictions hardly make a dent because the milieu is highly indifferent to punishments. ‘Jail makes men’ is the code of honour in their circles. Members behind bars are still capable of leading.

Efforts to deport clan members usually fail.

The families usually called Arab or Kurdish-Lebanese by the mainstream media are often in fact so-called Mhallamiye Kurds. The group originated in South Anatolia and migrated to North Lebanon. The state of Lebanon issues special passports to Mhallamiye Kurds (‘Laissez-passer’) which allow them to leave the county and expire after a year. The then stateless individuals settle in other places and since 1982 also increasingly in Germany. Consequently police reports don’t assign them a citizenship either.

Some also came directly from Turkish Anatolia. Because the families speak Arabic they entered the country as faux refugees from the Lybian civil war.

A special investigation group with the name “Ident” has since been founded by the police in Berlin.

Roman Reusch, former head of Berlin’s public prosecution office for young offenders and member of conservative party AfD, calls for a withdrawal of their citizenships.

Another option is to force applicants for welfare services to explain where their other incomes come from. Many clan suspects happen to be on the dole. Such rules, however, are already in place and are met with the claim that Lebanese ‘investors’ would pay for their luxuries. These claims again can only be held up because Turkish and Lebanese agencies deny cooperation with German officials on this matter.

via Brutale Clans, hilfloser Staat — Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung[Unfortunately, they have pulled the article since.]

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