International pirate movie gang leader a Mallorca resident

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AN International network allegedly dedicated to distributing movies ‘illegally’ over the internet was dismantled. Twenty-one people were indicted in the five countries the organization operated – Spain, Germany, France, Holland and Russia – although its members are German.

Of these 13 were arrested, including the leader who lived in Mallorca and another in Barcelona. They were charged with allegedly illegally exploiting copyright material, money laundering and tax evasion. webpage Kino.to received around four million visits daily, which generated important advertising revenue, according to Police Director General.

The leader allegedly created three shell companies to deposit money earned through the network and could have earned up to €1million in just 10 months, according to German authorities.

A vehicle, high-end computer equipment, various documents were seized and €2,300,000 from various bank accounts was blocked. Dresden police asked for Spain’s collaboration in their investigations.

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