Joint money laundering arrests in Barcelona and Marbella

One of the alleged leaders of the organisation Dmytro Firtash

AUTHORITIES in Barcelona ordered on Thursday November 24 the issuance of three European arrest warrants in respect of three un-named Ukrainians believed to be the senior figures of a criminal organisation involved in money laundering and included in the trio is a senior figure in the gas industry.

By the following day, it was alleged by Spanish media that the ‘oligarch’ involved is billionaire Dmytro Firtash who is no stranger to controversy as he has been accused of bribing Indian officials, is wanted by the American authorities and is also on bail from Austria.

As part of this operation, officers of the National Police and the Mossos d’Esquadra moved to arrest five people, three lawyers and two bank officials, some of who are Spanish nationals who live in Marbella accused of being minor figures in the alleged money laundering operation which saw investment in properties as well as transfer of funds overseas.

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page