German Police includes "ethnically isolated subcultures" in organized crime report

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BERLIN, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) intends to focus more on "ethnically isolated sub cultures", a BKA spokesperson said in Wiesbaden on Friday.

For the first time, the upcoming BKA report of organized crime will include a special chapter entitled "criminal members of extended families of ethnically isolated subcultures". In previous reports, the issue had only been mentioned briefly.

Across Germany, investigations of clan crime are focused around Berlin, Bremen, Lower Saxony, as well as in North Rhine-Westphalia. Germany's federal police office would support these regional states as much as necessary, according to the BKA.

Police actions against clan criminality in Germany has been increasing recently. Last weekend, 1,300 police officers raided the "biggest clan crime" in the history of Germany's most populous state, according to German authorities.

The German police union (GdP) is also expecting increasing activity against criminal clans. Joerg Radek, GdP deputy head expects a continuation of large-scale raids in North Rhine-Westphalia. "It will not remain a weekend raid. We will show ourselves more often." Radek added.

The fight against clan crimes required a lot of staff because criminal activities ranged from tax fraud to human trafficking.

On Tuesday this week, one of Berlin's most prominent clan leaders, Arafat Abou-Chaker was arrested for allegedly preparing to kidnap the wife and children of Bushido, a famous German rapper.

The theft of a massive 200-kilogram gold coin from a museum in Berlin that kept German media busy for quite some time is attributed to an Arabian extended family with German citizenship. The three suspected are being tried in Berlin at the moment. Enditem

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