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    Four people arrested in Mons for diamond trafficking

    A police operation initiated on June 25th resulted in several arrests of members of a criminal gang, for, among other offences, the trafficking of African diamonds, announced Mons federal police on Monday. Four arrests were made in total.  Mons federal police (PJF) headed the operation at 5 a.m. on June 25th (last Thursday) in collaboration with the Social Security Inspectorate. A string of searches resulted in several arrests. The operation was initiated as part of an investigation launched in 2014 into a criminal gang suspected of money laundering, organised benefit fraud and trafficking of diamonds from Africa.

    In total, a dozen searches occurred and a dozen people were arrested and questioned in the Haut Pays (Honnelles) area, at Froyennes, as well as in the Anvers province, police added. Four people were arrested and charged with belonging to a criminal gang, misuse of company assets, money laundering, breaches of company accounting laws and benefit fraud.  Led by the investigating judge, Mons PJF is continuing the investigation.

    Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)