January 31, 2016

Bandidos er hele Norges dyrehelt

Katten Bandidos har, tross sitt tøffe navn, et skikkelig morsinstinkt. Han har tatt seg av over 50 fosterkatter.

Bandidos tar seg av de redde fosterkattene.
Bandidos tar seg av de redde fosterkattene. (Foto: )
 
På Ambjørnrød bor det en ekte dyrehelt. Han heter Bandidos og er en svart og hvit hannkatt på 14 år.
– Han er en liten mamma for alle de andre kattene. Han er skikkelig snill mot dem og tar seg av dem, sier matmor Aina Charlotte Johansen (28).
Hun har gjennom fem år tatt til seg over 50 fosterkatter. Noen blir værende noen dager, mens en katt ble værende hele seks måneder.
– De har mange forskjellige bakgrunner. Noen er redde. Den fosterkatten jeg har nå ble tatt fra eierne sine fordi de hadde altfor mange katter. De var kattesamlere, forteller Johansen.
 
Men når kattene kommer i hus blir de raskt tatt inn i Bandidos’ sin kjærlige pleie. De lett kjønnsforvirrede katten slikker de andre kattene rene og henter mus til dem blant annet.

– Han gjør kattene trygge. De er hos meg i en fase mellom Dyrebeskyttelsen og et hjelpesenter for katter, mens de venter på vaksinasjoner og slikt, forteller matmor.
I tillegg til Bandidos har Johansen en annen katt som heter Lucky. Han fikk navnet fordi han har lurt døden flere ganger. Han er midlertidig ikke alltid like begeistret for fosterkattene som Bandidos er.
 

Maske i ansiktet

– Men hvorfor fikk han navnet Bandidos?
– He he, pelsen hans i ansiktet ser ut som en maske. Da jeg fikk han kalte jeg han Banditt, fordi jeg ikke fikk lov å kalle han Bandidos av foreldrene mine. Når jeg flyttet for meg selv fikk han navnet Bandidos med en gang. Men det har ingenting å gjøre med MC-klubben altså, ler Johansen. 
Det er Agria Dyreforsikring som har kåret Bandidos til en av Norges 10 dyrehelter. Matmor Johansen fikk en premie på 5.000 kroner som hun har valgt å gi til Dyrebeskyttelsen i Fredrikstad.

January 27, 2016

To menn fengslet for bortføring

To menn i slutten av 20-årene ble i ettermiddag varetektsfengslet for fire uker, med to uker i full isolasjon. De to er siktet for frihetsberøvelse av en tredje mann. Saken ble oppdaget av politiet under en trafikkontroll i helgen.

- Frihetsberøvelsen skal ha skjedd flere steder i Oslo. Politiet ble kjent med saken da en person opplyste at han ble holdt tilbake mot sin vilje, sier politiadvokat Asmund Riegel ved Oslo-politiets seksjon for organisert kriminalitet.

Politiadvokaten sier at saken etterforskes videre for å få avklart flere detaljer og motivet for bortføringen.
- De tre skal ha kjent hverandre fra tidligere, men på hvilken måte er ennå uklart, sier politiadvokaten.

- Erkjenner ikke straffskyld

- Min klient har gitt en forklaring som knytter ham til hendelsen. Men han erkjenner ikke straffskyld etter siktelsen og har en annen forklaring på det som har skjedd, sier advokat Anders Westeng. Han er forsvarer for den eldste av de to siktede, en 28 år gammel mann.
Begge de siktede har tatt betenkningstid etter tingrettens kjennelse om varetektsfengsling i to uker.

- Min klient erkjenner ikke straffskyld, sier forsvareren til den eldste av de to siktede, advokat Anders Westeng.
Vidar Ruud/NTB Scanpix
Straffebestemmelsen de to mennene er siktet etter har en strafferamme på tre års fengsel.

Dømt, så frifunnet for 26 kilo hasj

Aftenposten kjenner til at 28-åringen tidligere har vært i politiets søkelys. Sent på høsten 2010 ble han tiltalt for oppbevaring av 26 kilo hasj i sin leilighet. Mannen forklarte da at han hadde blitt truet, slått og bortført i bil og at hasjen var plassert i leiligheten hans av noen andre.

Han ble ikke trodd i tingretten, som dømte ham til tre år og tre måneders fengsel. I anke til lagmannsretten ble han trodd av juryen, og han ble frifunnet.  

Oslopolitiet reagerte natt til søndag også på en annen sak, hvor en 16 år gammel gutt ble funnet i bagasjerommet på en bil hvor det satt fire andre personer. Den saken etterforskes videre, men har ikke noe å gjøre med saken som førte til at de to mennene ble varetektsfengslet i ettermiddag.

Livløs person funnet i bagasjerom etter biljakt i Oslo

January 21, 2016

How two Russian mobsters got caught up in the Iraqi civil war


By Niko Vorobjov

Until that small matter of downing one of their aircraft, Turkey was a popular spot for millions of Russian tourists. It’s sunny and not too far away – just a hop and a skip across the Black Sea – and unlike Europe there’s no mountains of paperwork to get a visa. There’s even a hotel in Antalya themed on the Kremlin. Maybe it’s for that reason that among the hordes of red sunburnt holidaymakers and their screaming litter, the flights from Moscow also brought with them the vory-v-zakone; the kings of the Russian mafia.

The vory-v-zakone, or ‘thieves-in-law’, are a uniquely Russian phenomenon. Formed in the Soviet gulags in the 30s, the vory played a prominent role in the gang wars of the 90s. They comprise Russians, Georgians, Chechens, Kazakhs, Armenians and all the other nationalities of the former USSR. But not everyone can be a member. Like the yakuza or the Cosa Nostra, the vory-v-zakone live by a code of honour that governs their behavior, giving them authority and respect over other criminals. You must have done time and constantly asserted yourself as a leader among your fellow convicts, along with a total devotion to the criminal lifestyle.



On a street level, the Russian mob isn’t particularly active in Turkey. They bring in girls here and there from places like Ukraine and Moldova and force them to work in brothels, but nothing that will upset the local big shots. There’s been rumors that one of the top bosses, Zakhar Kalashov (photo right) aka ‘Shakro Junior’, has been supplying arms to the Kurdish separatist outfit the PKK on behalf of Russian intelligence, but so far that’s all they are; rumors.

If they’re true, the Turkish establishment, it has to be said, aren’t above playing such dirty tricks themselves. For years the flow of heroin into Europe was tightly controlled by the Deep State, a secret alliance of military and intelligence officers, shady businessmen and organized crime that periodically mounted a coup every now and then whenever it felt that the government was getting too Islamist or left-wing. These links came into the fore in 1996 when a car crashed in the rural town of Susurluk. The casualties included a chief of police, an MP from the ruling party and a wanted mafia boss who also happened to be the leader of the far-right Grey Wolves paramilitary group which once tried to assassinate the Pope. But mostly the Russians use Turkey the same as everyone else: to relax on a nice Mediterranean beach and get away from the daily grind of extortion and drab Soviet apartment blocks back home.



There was a situation developing. There was a situation emerging. Thief-in-law Vadim Ivanenko aka ‘Vadik Krasnodar’ (photo right), was being held responsible for six million dollars disappearing from the obshak, a kind of 'take a penny, leave a penny' for the criminal milieu where those in the know can pool funds to pay off lawyers, judges, etc. It didn’t seem like such a big deal. Vadik was a man of his word, and for his part claimed the loot was stolen by some crooked cops and he intended to pay back every penny. Nevertheless, senior mob leaders called for a sit-down. Among those sent to the meeting was 38-year old Oleg Pirogov aka ‘Circus’. An ethnic Russian born in Latvia, Circus was a rising star in the Slavic underworld. And so on February 9th 2015, Vadik sat down with Pirogov and two other vory, Georgi Sorokin aka ‘Tashkent George’ and Vladimir Zhurakovsky aka ‘Vova the Plump’, as well as a younger Kazakh gangster, Almas Konsbayev aka ‘Mongol’, at the Lara Beach restaurant in Antalya.

The meal was going well and no-one raised their voices until suddenly, Mongol apparently pulled out a gun and opened fire, hitting Vadik and Plump. Police arrived and paramedics declared Ivanenko dead at the scene, while Zhurakovsky was taken away in an ambulance with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Mongol immediately confessed his guilt and was taken in along with Pirogov and Tashkent George, who were caught trying to flee.

According to his statement, Almas killed Vadik in a crime of passion: Ivanenko raped his 22-year old fiancée back in Moscow and escaped punishment. Be that as it may, there could be more to this story than appears at first glance.

You see, as well as owing money and being a potential rapist, Vadik was involved in a turf dispute with a certain David Ozmanov over the Southern Russian region of Kuban. Ozmanov is a relative of Zakhar Kalashov, the capo di tutti capi mentioned earlier, and one of his most trusted lieutenants. Many people might have wanted him dead, but Vadik Krasnodar was a respected thief so it must have taken someone higher-up to give the green light. Vova the Plump, who was kept in the dark about any decision to ice Vadik, threw himself on the shooter, sustaining a wound in the process.
At the police station, Pirogov explained being covered in gunshot residue by claiming he was the one who wrestled Mongol, so he and Sorokin were released but ordered not to leave the country. Publicly, the police denied the murder was an organized crime hit, and newspapers reported it as just another argument between drunk Russian tourists. Oh, those Russians and their vodka! But behind the scenes the investigation was ongoing, and evidence soon pointed to Circus as the possible triggerman.



Having seen Midnight Express, Pirogov had no desire to stick around for events to run their full course. So he called on his friend Viktor Zharinov aka ‘Caesar’, another thief-in-law, and together they plotted his escape. They got in touch with some local smugglers who promised to take them over the border. Turkey's rather 'blah' attitude to securing it's southern frontier has left it under the control of the myriad of armed factions roaming through the humanitarian cluster-fuck that we used to call the Middle East: Kurds, Turkmen, the Syrian military, al-Qaeda's buddies the al-Nusra Front, "moderate" Islamist groups like the Infidel Annihilators of Allah and of course the granddaddy of them all, ISIS or the Islamic State. This makes Turkey a questionable ally in fighting the scourge of terrorism, but also leaves a perfect getaway for any fugitives bent on getting away from the watchful eye of the law.

Sometime between late February and early March, the pair made their move.
The plan, once they got across, was to wait for a bus that would take them to Baghdad. From there, they’d transit safely back to Russia via Kuwait. But in order to get there they would have to trek through the rugged mountains of south-eastern Anatolia, not the easiest hike especially if you’re trying to stay off the beaten path. It was in these isolated and remote mountains that the PKK guerrillas found their hiding place during a very nasty insurgency in the 90s. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, there was the issue of their present company to consider: the porous Turkish border is also the main route by which new recruits get to the Islamic State, which just so happened to be this smuggler’s main line of business. The two gangsters found themselves travelling alongside a dozen radicalised young men, each of them giddy like a schoolgirl at the prospect of killing unbelievers.
But no matter. By the 8th of March, Circus, Caesar and their militant cohorts were in Iraq and well beyond the sweaty grasp of Turkish law enforcement. Freedom awaited.

Or so they thought. While making their way through the badlands of northern Iraq the whole unlikely party ran into a checkpoint run by the Kurdish peshmerga.

Like the Wu-Tang Clan, the Kurdish peshmerga ain't nuttin' to fuck wit. Facing the very real threat of the destruction of their way of life, the peshmerga, whose name roughly translates to "those who face death," have been offering the fiercest resistance to ISIS' insane, genocidal, women-enslaving, head-rolling rampage. Unlike other armies around the world, women fight on the front line, as being killed by a woman means the ISIS warrior won't make it into the afterlife. Needless to say, the peshmerga don't take kindly to terrorists. And it was in their hands that Caesar and Circus now found themselves.

Here you have a strange scene. On the one hand you have twelve wannabe jihadis, religious fervour burning in their hearts, who immediately confess to wanting to join the Caliphate. On the other you have two middle-aged Russians; one of them wanted for some crap in Turkey, another whose documents check out but for some reason is still trying to creep across the border. While the young men’s purpose is obvious, the two Russians stubbornly clung to their story. Something didn’t add up. Clearly, thought the Kurds, we’re dealing with some bigger fish here.

Their fears were not unfounded. Russians have been signing up for ISIS in the hundreds, with Chechens making up the largest contingent. One of the Islamic State’s top honchos, Abu Omar al-Shishani aka ‘the Chechen’, was born Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili in the Pankisi Gorge region of the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia.

The mobsters loudly protested their innocence, but the Kurds were taking no chances. They were taken to a prison in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where they were given the full 5-star treatment. While information about human rights in Kurdistan is murky, Amnesty International has raised the issue of torture and mistreatment in Kurdish jails back in 2009 and it doesn’t look like our heroes fared any better. Their interrogators simply could not understand why anyone would try to sneak into Iraq when usually, anyone with half a brain is trying to get the fuck out. They simply had to keep applying pressure till one of them cracked.

Months went by. Beatings, electrocutions, sleep deprivation; still the Russians wouldn’t budge, telling the same stupid story about being on the run from the Turkish authorities, how they as Kurds ought to have some sympathy and if anything, they should just let them go to piss off the Turks. The prison administrators, known for being a bunch of hard-asses, forbid them from talking to their lawyer, and both men’s formerly athletic physique dropped to 50 kilos.

Things went from bad to worse. First the hearing for their case was postponed for the holy month of Ramadan. Then, once they finally got to the tribunal, the prosecutor’s claim that they were connected to the would-be jihadis was accepted by the judge who sentenced them to seven years hard time. Maybe they should have considered themselves lucky: charges of terrorism in Iraq carry a maximum penalty of 20 years.

It seemed like they were in it for the long haul. But just as it looked as though they’d have to start learning Arabic, lawyers for the pair got through to the Russian embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil, demanding they intervene on their clients’ behalf. Dutifully, diplomats then presented documents to the Iraqi authorities confirming that neither Pirogov nor Zharinov were involved in terrorist activity in the Russian Federation, and that according to intelligence reports neither’s presence in Iraq sprung from a desire to achieve martyrdom. As one inside source told the news outlet Rosbalt: “Oleg and Viktor might not be the most law-abiding citizens, but they have absolutely no connection to terrorism.”



And so after seven months of captivity, the two men were released. On the 11th of October 2015, Oleg Pirogov and Viktor Zharinov landed at Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow on a flight from Tehran. Since his arrival back to the Motherland, Pirogov (photo above) has been re-asserting his status in the criminal underworld. His Mideast escapades boosted his gangster credentials and according to PrimeCrime, a Russian-language website that chronicles the vory-v-zakone and their exploits, there’s no name that rings louder and with more resonance with the hustlers, bandits and outlaws than that of Circus.

After the downing of the Russian warplane on November 24th 2015, relations between Turkey and Russia quickly went south. Ankara claimed the plane violated Turkish airspace, while Moscow struck back with claims Turkey was funding Daesh. President Vladimir Putin then hit them where it hurts, cutting off all charter flights to Turkey then banning its tour companies from operating there. Between that and the bombing of the flight over Egypt, Russians are running out of sunny places to go. But something tells me that for two Russian citizens, another trip to Antalya won’t be missed.


About the author: Born in Leningrad in the dying days of the Soviet Union, Niko’s family emigrated to Italy and the United States before settling in Great Britain where he went from behind the Iron Curtain to behind bars, serving a prison sentence for selling drugs at university where he was studying for a degree in history and, ironically, criminology. He now works as a freelance writer, mainly helping students cheat on their homework but also putting out pieces for sites like Gangsters Inc., Salon, and Gorilla Convict based on his experiences of crime and drugs.

Russian mob boss charged with extortion plot in New York


By David Amoruso, Gangsters Inc.

Russian mob boss Boris Nayfeld (photo above) just can’t stay on the straight and narrow. Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have charged the notorious gangster and coconspirator Boris Kotlyarsky with an extortion plot in which the two men sought payment from a victim who they claimed Nayfeld had been hired to murder.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explained the scheme as follows, “Boris Kotlyarsky and Boris Nayfeld conspired to extort $125,000 from a victim, claiming that Nayfeld had been hired to murder the victim.”

In October of last year, Kotlyarsky told the victim, who runs an international shipping business in Newark, New Jersey, that a Russian businessman had approached infamous mob boss Boris Nayfeld with a contract to kill him in exchange for a $100,000 payment. Kotlyarsky offered to broker a meeting between the victim and Nayfeld at which he could make things right and cancel the contract.
The following months, Kotlyarsky arranged a series of meetings between the victim and Nayfeld. During these meetings, Nayfeld told him, among other things, that the businessman had transferred $50,000 to Nayfeld as partial payment on a contract for his murder, and that it was good that Kotlyarsky had intervened on the victim’s behalf. Nayfeld told the victim to pay him $125,000 due January 15.

At a meeting on January 14, the victim met Nayfeld at a restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, to finish up business. He wanted assurances from Nayfeld that no harm would come to him after he had paid him the money. Nayfeld then called the businessman who supposedly had ordered the hit and told him, aloud, that the victim should not be touched or he would punish the businessman.

After that, the victim wrote Nayfeld a check worth $50,000 without specifying a recipient.
Easy money, Nayfeld must’ve thought. Right up until the moment he exited the restaurant and was swarmed by law enforcement officers. When he saw them come at him, he cursed and tore up the check as fast as he could.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Try as he might, Nayfeld continues to have trouble evading indictments. He has been a fixture in New York’s Russian underworld since the 1980s. Starting out as the bodyguard and enforcer for mob boss Evsei Agron, Nayfeld was always looking for ways to move up in the world. When he was approached by Marat Balagula, another crime boss, to join his crew and help set up Agron, he saw an opportunity. Nayfeld switched sides and in May of 1985 a hitman shot Agron twice in the head, leaving his dead body in the streets.

After Marat Balagula was sent away to prison, Nayfeld began asserting himself as the main Mr. Big in New York’s Russian mob. He fought a bloody war with rivals in the 1990s and narrowly escaped death himself on quite a few occasions. On February 14, 1991, he discovered an unexploded bomb under his car and decided to lay low in the Belgium city of Antwerp, while his troops roamed the streets of New York.

In Belgium, Nayfeld organized several lucrative smuggling routes with other Eastern European gangsters, including a heroin pipeline that stretched from Thailand, where he acquired the drugs, to Singapore and on to Poland, from where it was shipped to the United States and sold to distributors in New York.

American authorities were onto the ring, however, and in January of 1994, they shut it down, charging Nayfeld and several others with the smuggling, distribution, and sale of heroin.
And now, 22 years later, Nayfeld returns to an American prison. Some people never change. Allegedly, of course.

Asshole Cop Forcillo - Jury Deliberates - Update


Thursday, January 21, 2016. Constable James Forcillo’s unusual reliance on his firearm brought him to the attention of a Toronto Police early warning system the year before he fatally shot Sammy Yatim on a downtown streetcar.

Forcillo testified that he pulled his weapon about 12 times in three-and-a-half years on the job. But he said that only one of those 12 suspects actually had turned out to be armed.

Sources familiar with policing say that resorting to a firearm so often may be indicative of an officer who is either aggressive or fearful. Many officers go an entire career without ever drawing their guns. An officer’s internal record is presumptively inadmissible at trial, and in fact, prosecutors never tried to have any of this information go before the jurors. Jurors in the case retired Wednesday to deliberate their verdict.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/christie-blatchford-forcillos-use-of-gun-brought-triggered-police-review-a-year-before-fatal-shooting


 The lawyer for a Toronto Police officer on trial for killing a teen on an empty streetcar asked a jury to acquit the man, saying Tuesday that the prosecution in the case was trying to "criminalize a judgment call" made by a first responder. Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, whose death triggered outrage across the city 2 1/2 years ago.

As the trial nears its end, Forcillo's lawyer cautioned the jury that the case needs to be decided not out of sympathy for any party, but on the evidence heard at trial. "Officer James Forcillo is not guilty of murder, attempted murder or any other criminal offence," Peter Brauti said in his closing address. "What the prosecution is really trying to do is criminalize a judgment call."


Const. James Forcillo






 

Narkotika fra Telemark solgt over hele landet

TELEMARK: Etter politiaksjonen som ble gjennomført i oktober i fjor, ser narkotikaen som ble dyrket i Skien ut til å dukke opp både her og der.

FOTOMONTASJE AV: Adressa.no FOTO: POLITIET
FOTOMONTASJE AV: Adressa.no FOTO: POLITIET

Vi ser at det har vært stor spredning av stoffene, sier Skule Worpvik, som er sjef for avsnitt for organisert kriminalitet ved Sør-Øst politidistrikt, til avisen Adressa.
Stoffet han referer til, har sammenheng med en razzia som ble gjennomført i slutten av oktober i fjor.
Politiaksjonen i Skien resulterte i at 23 personer ble arrestert.

Les også: 23 arrestert i omfattende politiaksjon

I senere tid har saken avdekket kjøpere spredt rundt i hele Norge. Worpvik forteller til avisen at han reagerer på hvordan ulike typer dop skal ha blitt distribuert fra én leilighet til store og små steder i en rekke fylker.
Han legger til at spredningen over hele Norge maksimerer skadepotensialet og at det kan være vanskeligere å følge sporene.
- Omfanget ser ut til å være vesentlig større enn det som til nå er avdekket. Vi jobber nå videre med datamateriale om andre alias og andre butikker, sier Worpvik til avisen.

I leiligheten ble det funnet forsøk på å dyrke det som omtales som psykoaktiv narkotika, ifølge politiet. FOTO: POLITIET
I leiligheten ble det funnet forsøk på å dyrke det som omtales som psykoaktiv narkotika, ifølge politiet. FOTO: POLITIET
Uventet funn

Utgangspunktet for aksjonen fredag 30. oktober skal ha vært brev som ble stoppet av Tollvesenet. I løpet av de siste dagene i oktober i fjor slo politiet til mot flere adresser rundt Skien, de fleste av dem godt kjent for etterforskerne. På den siste adressen som ble gjennomsøkt, et vanlig bolighus, kom politiet over noe uventet:
I huset lå en vakuumeringsmaskin, konvolutter og postutstyr. Det ble funnet ingredienser til produksjon av narkotika og avdekket forsøkt på dyrking av sopp med hallusinogene egenskaper i tillegg til et annet psykoaktivt stoff, kjent som DNT. Hasj og LSD ble beslaglagt.

Det skriver Adressa.
To personer ble pågrepet og en mann i 20-årene ble varetektsfengslet.
Mannen har sittet fengslet mens etterforskerne gikk gjennom beslagene, frem til nyttår.

Utstyr som skal ha blitt brukt til å lage narkotika, ifølge politiet. FOTO: POLITIET
Utstyr som skal ha blitt brukt til å lage narkotika, ifølge politiet. FOTO: POLITIET
Mørke nettet

Politiet gikk blant annet gjennom flere datamaskiner der det kom frem at mannen har solgt narkotika til kunder over hele Norge, skjult av det mørke nettet.
- Det har vært mange hundre salg og flere hundre tusen kroner i omsetning. En stor del av kundene har aldri tidligere vært i kontakt med politiet. Mange er unge, sier Worpvik.
Videre skriver avisen at etter det de forstår, skal siktede ha brukt aliaset «Ganjamanexpress» til å selge dop fra det mørke nettet, med en omsetning på mer enn 400 000 kroner.
Worpvik sier at kriminalitet som foregår i en anonym sfære er en utfordring for politiet.

Også i sommer ble det gjennomført en narkoaksjon: Fire menn pågrepet etter narko-aksjon
– Vi skjønte raskt at her var et visst omfang. Det var ingen mistanke om at huset var et produksjonssted så vi snublet over en sak som var mye større, sier Worpvik.
– Ser Telemark ut til å være et slags sentrum for denne typen aktivitet?
– Ut fra disse to sakene så kan vi ikke si at det er verken verre eller bedre her. Fenomenet det mørke nettet tror jeg er til stede i veldig mange politidistrikt. Det er bare for politiet å begynne å finne sakene, sier Worpvik til Adressa.

January 18, 2016

Sandberg lukker udlånsforretning:

Brian Sandberg. (Foto: Tariq Mikkel Khan)
 
Festen er for længst forbi, og finanseventyret er kuldsejlet. Den tidligere Gucci-rocker, Brian Sandberg, smider nu håndklædet i ringen og lukker den udlånsforretning, han sammen med en partner har haft kørende i en årrække.
På sin Facebook-væg skriver han, at udlånsfirmaet Bilfinans er lukket ned ’på grund af folk bare ikke betaler længere’.

Over for Ekstra Bladet bekræfter han udsagnet:
– Det er korrekt. Firmaet er lukket nu. Sagen er sendt til en advokat, der skal få en kurator til at kigge på papirerne med henblik på at få firmaet afviklet.
– Det handler om, at folk er holdt op med at afdrage på deres gæld, uddyber han.

Partner var gammel venUdlånsgesjæften Bilfinans havde base i den vestsjællandske flække, Vemmelev, og forretningen drev han med en mangeårig ven, Peter Larsen. I Sandberg-biografien ’Gangster’, skrevet af journalist Henrik Madsen fremgår det, at selskabet åbnede i 2010.


– Vi åbnede op for udlån efter finanskrisen i 2008. Det handlede ganske simpelt om, at bankerne i forbindelse med krisen begyndte at sige nej til mange, der gerne ville låne, fortæller Sandberg.
Udlånsrenten var 25 procent, og i Bilfinans blev der ikke stillet mange spørgsmål, når der skulle lånes penge.
– Det har nok været et stort tag selv-bord. Der var ikke styr på meget, og vi har nok været for blåøjede, erkender Sandberg i forbindelse med den nu kuldsejlede udlånsforretning.
Kunderne var især folk i og omkring rockermiljøet samt lyssky typer, viser Ekstra Bladets research.
– Det vil jeg ikke gå ind i, siger Sandberg, der dog uddyber:
– Der var selvfølgelig en del af mine gamle venner, der lånte penge, siger han.

Unormal forretningsgangVar kunderne ikke gennemsnitlige – så var forretningsgangen i butikken det heller ikke.
Der blev lånt penge ud ganske lemfældigt. Der blev angiveligt foretaget proforma-lån, hvor pengene blev givet videre til tredjepart og så videre.
– Kreditvurderingen var lig nul, og jeg har stolet blindt på de gamle venner. Blandt dem både platugler og svindlere.

I alt var kassebeholdningen angiveligt på fire millioner kroner, da Bilfinans åbnede op.
I forbindelse med sagen har Ekstra Bladet kontaktet Sandbergs partner, Peter Larsen, der dog ikke vil uddybe sagen:
– Jeg har ingen kommentarer til jer overhovedet, siger Peter Larsen.

Stein Bagger-sagen
I nullerne stillede ingen kritiske spørgsmål til Stein Bagger, der blev anset som et regulært finansgeni.
Virksomhedsledere, toppolitikere og andre stod i kø for at gnubbe sig op ad den lille, tætte mand med det vindende smil.

I 2008 krakelerede billedet, da it-journalisten Dorte Toft kiggede Bagger efter i sømmene.
Dengang var Bagger direktør for firmaet IT Factory. Brian Sandberg, der dengang var HA-rocker, var ansat som sikkerhedschef.

Under en flugt i slutningen af 2008 meldte Bagger sig selv til amerikansk politi. 16. december ankom han til Kastrup, hvor han samme dag blev fremstillet i grundlovsforhør ved Retten i Lyngby, sigtet for bedrageri og dokumentfalsk til godt en mia. kroner.

I 2009 fik Bagger syv års fængsel. Han blev prøveløsladt i marts 2014.
I Sandberg-bogen ’Exit Hells Angels’ beskrives det, at Sandberg og Bagger holdt kontakten ved lige, mens Bagger var i fængsel.

Hvad skulle fire barndomsvenner med to maskinpistoler?

Hvad skulle fire barndomsvenner med to maskinpistoler?
Det er spørgsmålet i en sag, der i dag er startet ved Retten i København, hvor fire unge mænd i alderen 22-25 år er tiltalt for våbenbesiddelse.

 
 
De fire tiltalte blev anholdt 28. maj sidste år på Øresundsbroen, efter at svensk politi tilsyneladende havde fået nys om gruppens køb af to maskinpistoler af svenske våbenhandlere i Malmø.
Tre nægter sig skyldig, mens den fjerde - en 25-årig jurastuderende - delvist erkender at have været i besiddelse af de kraftige våben.

Skulle aflevere maskinpistolerDen unge jurastuderende fortalte under dagens retsmøde, hvordan han i en længere periode fra 2014 og frem til foråret 2015 blev afpresset af en ukendt gerningsmand.

- Han mente, at jeg skyldte ham 100.000 kroner. Og fordi jeg var jurastuderende, så mente han også, at jeg havde den slags penge, forklarede den 25-årige mand til retten.

Ifølge den 25-årige tiltalte indgik han derfor to uger før sin anholdelse på Øresundsbroen en aftale med afpresseren om at transportere en hvid pose til en adresse i Danmark.

Derudover skulle han ifølge sin egen forklaring betale 25.000 danske kroner til afpresseren for at være kvit.
- Jeg måtte ikke se, hvad der var i posen, men den var tung, og jeg havde selv set, at der var nogle patroner i, forklarede den 25-årige til retten.

Ifølge jura-studenten placerede han efterfølgende posen med de to maskinpistoler i bilens bagagerum for at kunne aflevere dem senere på dagen 28. maj, som var aftalen med afpresseren.

De andre vidste ikke nogetI mellemtiden havde den 25-årige jurastuderende dog også aftalt med sine tre barndomsvenner, at de skulle til Malmø for at shoppe først.

Se også: Anholdt med maskinpistoler: - Vi er livsfarlige for Vesten

Ifølge den 25-årige jurastuderende var ingen af hans tre kammerater derfor klar over, at han havde våben med i bagagerummet, da de fire venner kørte fra Nørrebro til Malmø i to forskellige biler 28. maj sidste år.

Omvendt er det politiets teori, at de fire venner i forening tog til Malmø med det formål at købe flere maskinpistoler til et ukendt formål.

Det er under den flere måneder lange efterforskning dog ikke lykkedes dansk politi at klarlægge, hvad de fire venner skulle bruge våbnene til, og derfor er de blot tiltalt for våbenbesiddelse.
Men under sagens forelæggelse er det i dag kommet frem, at der på to af de tiltaltes bopæl i København er fundet materiale af religiøs karakter. Herunder diverse religiøse skrifter fra Hitz but tahrir.

Under politiets ransagning af de fire tiltaltes hjem, fandt man også walkie-talkies, seks par handsker og seks opladte mobiltelefoner med tilhørende simkort, som lå klar til brug.

Hells Angels til danskene: - Ikke skyld på flyktningene

 VIL IKKE SKYLDE PÅ FLYKTNINGENE:  Hells Angels i Danmark går ut mot Danmark, EU og Nato etter at beboere i Nyborg uttrykte at de heller ville ha Hells Angels som naboer enn flyktninger. Her et illustrasjonbilde fra Tyskland tatt i 2012. Foto: FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN
I forrige uke gikk politiet i Fyn ut og uttalte at de ønsket å drive Hells Angels ut av byen Nyborg.

Politiets utspill fikk en noe annerledes mottagelse fra leserne enn de hadde ventet seg, ifølge Fyns Stiftstidende.

- Danske kvinner ville vært bedre beskyttet i en gate der Hells Angels medlemmer bor enn i en gate med muslimer og deres sykelige kvinnesyn, skriver en av leserne i en artikkel publisert av avisa.

Fikk motreaksjon fra Hells Angels

- Man kan godt ta i mot 500 flytninger med flag og full fest, men om det kommer to MC-klubbmedlemmer, så er folk på med en gang og forteller forferdelige ting, skriver en annen.

Dette gikk ikke uten reaksjoner fra Hells Angels selv.

Den omstridte motorsykkelsklubben kom onsdag ut med en pressemelding der de takket for støtten, men ikke sa seg enig i bildet leserne malte i den regionale avisa.

- Det er ikke flyktningenes skyld at de søker seg til et tryggere og bedre sted, skriver de i en pressemelding og henviser heller folk til å rette harmen sin mot politikerne.

- Rett sinnet deres mot myndighetene

I pressemeldingen står det at organisasjonen oppfatter handlingene til Danmark, EU og Nato, samt oljeindustrien og våpenhandleres framferd som årsaken til flyktningskrisen.

- Det er her velmenende borgere burde rette sitt sinne når det gjelder dagens ulykkelige situasjon i Europa, skriver Hell Angels.

Siden Hells Angels la ut pressemeldingen har budskapet til organisasjonen blitt delt et titalls tusen ganger på danske nettsteder, en spredning som kan tyde på at pressemeldingen vekker oppsikt.

- Omdømmebygging

BI-professor i IT-strategi Petter Gottschalk blir likevel ikke overrasket da han får høre om utspillet. Han mener at dette er typisk for organisasjonens framferd.

- Dette er omdømmebygging.  De er veldig opptatt av å bedre sitt omdømme blant folk flest og vil gjerne framstå en kul guttegjeng som driver med sykler, sier Gottschalk til Dagbladet om organisasjonen.

- Framstår annerledes for folk enn for politiet

Han viser til at NRK tidligere har omtalt at 70 prosent av organisasjonens fullverdige medlemmer i Norge er straffedømte.

Blant annet derfor tror Gottschalk at politiet på Fyn trolig har gode grunner når de ønsker å drive Hells Angels ut av Nyborg.

- Likevel er også politiet i bunn og grunn av at folk er enige i det de gjør, og folk flest vet mye mindre om Hells Angels enn det politiet vet.  Derfor har Hells Angels hatt en tydelig strategi der de forsøker å framstå annerledes utad enn de gjør for politiet, sier Petter Gottschalk til Dagbladet.

January 15, 2016

German Gangs Are Beating Up Immigrants After Syrian Refugees Sexually Assault Germany's Women

Days after the sexual assaults on German women in Cologne city came to light, local gangs are uniting in a "manhunt" of foreigners.  And just this weekend, two Pakistanis and a Syrian man were injured in attacks by gangs of people in Cologne, German police said. On New Year's Eve, Cologne was the scene of dozens of assaults on women, a number that has grown into hundreds as more and women have come forward to register complaints.
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thedailybeast
Local newspaper Express reported that the attackers were members of rocker and hooligan gangs who via Facebook arranged to meet in downtown Cologne to start a "manhunt" of foreigners.

The assaults on women in Cologne and other German cities have prompted more than 600 criminal complaints, with the police investigation focusing on asylum seekers and migrants

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The assaults, ranging from theft to sexual molestation, have prompted a highly charged debate in Germany about Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door policy on refugees and migrants, more than one million of whom entered the country last year. Cologne police said a group of about 20 people attacked six Pakistanis on Sunday evening, injuring two of them. In another incident a few minutes later, a group of five people attacked and injured a Syrian man, police said.
On Monday, a regional parliamentary commission in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, whose largest city is Cologne, will question police and others about the events on New Year's Eve.
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The anti-Islam political movement, PEGIDA, whose supporters threw bottles and fire crackers at a march in Cologne on Saturday before being dispersed by riot police, will hold a rally in the eastern German city of Leipzig on Monday evening.

The attacks on women in Cologne have also sparked a debate about tougher rules for migrants who break the law, faster deportation procedures and increased security measures such as more video surveillance in public areas and more police.
movement was built on a similar issue.

January 14, 2016

Det smugles mer sigaretter

SIGARETTER: Tollvesenet beslagla mer tobakk og sigaretter langs E14 i 2015 enn året før. (Illustrasjonsfoto)
SIGARETTER: Tollvesenet beslagla mer tobakk og sigaretter langs E14 i 2015 enn året før. (Illustrasjonsfoto)

Seksjonssjef Bjørn Arild Sørli ved Tollregion Midt-Norge oppsummerer et år på det jevne med aktiviteten langs E14. Tollvesenet anmeldte til sammen 19 beslag, som er en liten nedgang sammenlignet med 2014.
Det er også en nedgang i antall forenklede forelegg.
– Årsaken kan være de nye kvotereglene som kom. Nå kan du ta med deg mer hvis du dropper noe annet. Folk holder seg mer innenfor det som er lovlig nå, sier Sørli.

Sigarettbeslag

Det var en økning på beslag av tobakk og sigaretter i 2015. Det største sigarettbeslaget var på 6.600 sigaretter, som ble gjort i midten av august. En mann fra Polen, bosatt i Sør-Trøndelag kom over Storlien og ble stanset i Hegra.
Bjørn Arild Sørli har ingen god forklaring på økningen av tobakk og sigaretter.
– Det er tydeligvis en aktuell vare som smugles. Det er noen nordmenn som tas, men i hovedsak er det snakk om østeuropeere. Sigarettene skjules godt i bilens vegger og gjemmes mellom doble gulv, forteller han.
Alkoholbeslagene ligger på omtrent samme mengde som i 2014, narkotika like så. Sørli registrerer en oppgang på valutasaker, mens det er en nedgang på doping og legemidler.
– Vi hadde lik bemanning og like mange kontroller i fjor som året før, sier Sørli.

Større krav

Tollsjef Sørli forteller at det settes større krav til tollerne som er ute på veien.
– De som driver organisert kriminalitet og smugler større parti, opererer med følgebiler. Vi må hele tiden være på vakt. Det samme med tidspunktet på døgnet vi har kontroll. Vi prøver å være på veien når folk ikke tror vi er der. Men det aller viktigste med E14 er å være til stede, sier han.
– Hvordan blir 2016?
– Vi fortsetter med uforminsket styrke. Og vi håper vi får benytte oss av mer og bedre teknisk utstyr i år. Da tenker jeg blant annet på en forbedret røntgenmaskin.
Tollvesenet anmeldte for øvrig seks beslag gjort på Nabotåget i 2015. Dette var mindre mengder narkotika og valuta.

Politiet saumfarer Nokas-, Munch- og koffertsaken for å finne motiv for drapsforbundet mot «Skrue»

BARNDOMSVENNER:  Methel Betew er siktet for å ha bestilt drap på Imran Saber. De er gamle venner, og her er de fotografert på Hyperstate i 1998. Foto: Heiko Junge, NTB scanpix
BARNDOMSVENNER: Methel Betew er siktet for å ha bestilt drap på Imran Saber. De er gamle venner, og her er de fotografert på Hyperstate i 1998. Foto: Heiko Junge, NTB scanpix


(Dagbladet): Lars Harnes og Metkel Betew ble i dag varetektsfengslet i fire nye uker i Oslo tingrett.

Betew er siktet for å ha bestilt Lars Harnes, tidligere leder av Bandidos, til å drepe Imran Saber. Begge de to nekter straffskyld.

Et halvt år etter pågripelsen vil Oslo-politiet ikke si om de har klarlagt et motiv for hvorfor det angivelige drapsforsøket, men sier at de nå saumfarer tidligere straffesaker Saber har hatt en tilknytning til - blant annet Nokas-ranet, Munch-ranet, koffertsaken og drapsforsøket mot Saber i 2010.

- Vi ønsker å få kartlagt om det er en konflikt som ligger bak, sier politiadvokat Line Steen Presthus til Dagbladet.
Nye avhør
Politiet har ønsket å få enkelte av de dømte i Nokas- og Munch-saken i avhør.

- Vi ønsker å avhøre dem om forholdet deres til Saber. Vi leser også gamle avhør, ser på mulige konflikter og søker å finne ut om det er ting i historien som er interessant. Og vi forsøker å finne ut om det er noe som er forskjellig fra da Saber ble forsøkt drept i 2010, sier Presthus.

Metkel Betews forsvarer Marius Dietrichson sier han ikke kan se at hans klient har hatt noe motiv for å drepe Saber, og har flere ganger poengtert at de er gamle venner.

- Det har gått et halvt år uten at politiet kan peke på et motiv, og jeg kan ikke se at det er noe motiv i saken. Jeg kan heller ikke se at det er grunnlag i dokumentene i saken for å si at Harnes faktisk skulle drepe Saber. Jeg har lagt fram andre mulige tolkninger i retten, sier Dietrichson til Dagbladet.

Disse tolkningene er omfattet av referatforbudet fra fengslingsmøtet.
Anmeldt lekkasjer
Imran Saber er kjent som venn av David Toska, hovedmannen i Nokas-saken. Han er blitt kalt «Skrue», og omtalt som en av de mest upopulære mennene i enkelte av Oslos kriminelle miljøer, etter at en rekke tunge kriminelle skal føle seg lurt eller bedratt i konfliktlinjer som blant annet strekker seg tilbake til håndteringen av pengene fra nettopp Nokas-ranet, Munch-ranet og andre krangler om millionbeløp.

Dietrichson har for øvrig anmeldt Oslo-politiet for lekkasjer til pressen. Dietrichson har tidligere reagert på flere lekkasjer i saken, blant annet at TV 2 meldte at politiet mente de hadde avverget totalt fire drap.
- Jeg har satt i gang en prosess for å finne ut hvem som har lekket disse opplysningene. Lekkasjene i saken har vært helt ødeleggende for min klient, sier Dietrichson.

Anmeldelsen er sendt videre til Spesialenheten for politisaker. Også politiadvokat Line Presthus har reagert på lekkasjer i saken, da først og fremst til VG.

I tillegg til drapsforbundet er Betew siktet for å ha planlagt ran av en verditransport på et fly på Gardermoen og innførsel av 20 kilo av det narkotiske stoffet MDMA.


SIKTET: Lars Harnes, her fotografert i 1999. Foto: NTB scanpix
SIKTET: Lars Harnes, her fotografert i 1999. Foto: NTB scanpix

Harnes-kompis siktet
I tillegg til Betew og Harnes er en 43 år gammel Bandidos-kompis av Harnes siktet for å ha hjulpet til med forberedelser til det angivelige drapsforsøket.

Bandidos-Harnes ble pågrepet 23. juli i garasjeanlegget der Imran Saber bor ved Sinsen i Oslo. Ifølge VG skal Harnes ha dekket til kroppen med nylonstrømper og hadde latekshansker under mopedhanskene. Han hadde kjørt dit på moped fra en garasje på Østensjø i Oslo, og politiet knytter 43-åringen til garasjen og forberedelsene der.

- Han er siktet for drapsforbund eller medvirkning til dette. Han nekter straffskyld og sier han ikke kjenner til dette i det hele tatt, sier advokat Reidar Steinsvik, som forsvarer mannen.

Siktede er er en kompis av Harnes gjennom Bandidos, bekrefter Steinsvik.

Mannen ble pågrepet og siktet etter at Harnes fikk siktelsen utvidet til å gjelde drapsforbund i november i fjor, og ble løslatt etter en natt i arresten.

- Mistanken mot ham ble ansett for å være noe lavere enn mistanken mot Harnes. I tillegg hadde han vært ute i en måneds tid, og bevisforspillelsesfaren var derfor lavere, sier politiadvokat Presthus.

Mannen er ikke avhørt av politiet.

- Han har benyttet seg av retten til å ikke la seg avhøre, sier forsvarer Steinsvik.

January 13, 2016

INTERVIEW: John Gotti Jr. sits down with Gangsters Inc.


By David Amoruso, Gangsters Inc.

John Gotti Junior’s life has been a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. As son of the most famous mob boss since Al Capone, he followed his father into the Mafia and into prison. It was there, after finding out that his father - who was his cause - was terminally ill, that he decided to break with his old life and quit the mob. Now, after surviving four trials that ended in a mistrial as well as a proceeding where he was charged with parole violations and tax offenses, he is a free man. A changed man.

We at Gangsters Inc. are thankful John Gotti Junior took the time to sit down with us to discuss a variety of topics including his father, time in prison, his view on “the life,” what life is like as a regular citizen, the upcoming Hollywood movie Shadow of My Father starring John Travolta as the Teflon Don, and possible future projects which include working on a book called WitSec Mafia and Creating a TV series called "Bloodlines" with a Canadian Production company called Don Carmody Produtions and SONY.

The movie Shadow of My Father is based on the book of the same title, which was released last year. In it, Gotti Jr. – currently 51 years old - looks back on his own life and gives readers insight into what it was like growing up with a father who was involved in organized crime and eventually became boss of the Gambino family, one of New York’s five crime families.



For John Gotti Senior being a mobster was everything. “He was poor and lived in environments where the life was looked up to,” Gotti Jr. explains. “He loved the camaraderie, the memories, and in a way its similarity to the soldier’s life. If my father were born in ancient Roman times, he probably would have been the type of general that led from the front, like Hannibal.”

But his love for the life also caused Gotti Senior to make mistakes. “He was too devoted to the [crime] Family and not enough to his family,” Junior says. “With some of the individuals he surrounded himself with, he should have used his head instead of his heart, and made better selections.”

One such individual is Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, Gotti’s underboss, who decided to become a government witness and take the stand against his former boss. Gravano’s testimony was damning and paved the way for a guilty verdict in Gotti’s 1992 racketeering trial. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

LOCKED UP
Six years later, Gotti Junior found himself behind bars as well. He had plead guilty to reduced charges of loansharking, bookmaking, and extortion related to the Scores strip club in Manhattan, and was sentenced to 77 months in prison.

Many tough guys break when their freedom gets taken away from them. And if the small confinement of their cell isn’t enough to crack a dent in their armor then sadist inmates and guards will try as well. How does one hold up under such formidable pressure?

“Prison was a fact of life in the life I was born into, and surrounded by,” Gotti Jr. explains. “One can choose to remain sane, or give in to the wishes of others, who create an environment that can all too often break a man’s spirit.”

This is especially true of solitary confinement, known as the hole. “How one reacts in the hole, is largely dependent upon what one brings into the hole with him,” Gotti Jr. reflects. “The more inner resources a man has, the less difficult it is to be in solitary, although it is certainly difficult. Many inmates have had mental health problems after being in solitary, however, and I believe certain legislation is being considered to reduce instances of solitary confinement within prison systems. I would do a lot of reading in solitary, and also maintained a rigid physical exercise regimen. My father who did more time in solitary than the vast majority of inmates in modern penal history, used to do a thousand pushups a day, and to keep his mind in shape worked several crossword puzzles daily, and wrote letters. Contrast that with inmates who in solitary eat their own feces, and self-mutilate.”
Keeping busy is the best solution. While in prison Gotti Junior worked out, became a certified paralegal, and, he says, “maintained my integrity as I would never give that up.”

But being locked up is just one factor of life in prison. Gotti Jr: “After I got out, the issues that I dealt with was to reconnect with friends and family, and adjust to once again being free, and a full time father.”



BACK HOME
“Obviously when the father figure is not available for long periods of time, it has a definite impact on the children,” Gotti Jr. says. “When I returned, it was both necessary and difficult to establish myself as both disciplinarian and loving mentor to my children. However it is a position that I embrace openly as a work in progress with my family. You deal with the issues of what was, what is and what might be by communicating.”

Growing up, Gotti Jr. and his siblings had experienced what it was like having a father in prison. Now, his own children were going through the same emotions. It helped to understand what they were going through, he says, “but I often carried the guilt of not being there for them and found myself trying to make up for lost time. In a lot of respects I would ‘overfather.’”

While he was locked up he decided to make a change: He quit the mob. “When your blood family is more important than the [crime] Family, it was not difficult to walk away,” he says resolutely. “Obviously, there are some things in the life I miss, there were frequent good times with friends, but I am quite happy being out. The FBI acted as if I never left, but they were obviously wrong.”

But then there was an incident on November 10, 2013, in which Gotti Jr. was stabbed while trying to break up a fight between two strangers in a CVS parking lot in Long Island. New York tabloids were quick to voice their suspicions and many questioned whether the former mobster had gotten into new trouble.
“First of all they were not strangers,” Gotti Jr. emphasizes. “Secondly, I am glad that it worked out the way it did, because the alternatives might have been a lot more serious. One might have wound up dead, the other incarcerated. I feel I saved at least one misguided troubled fella.”

THE FUTURE IS NOW
With his days in a cell behind him, Gotti Jr. can now look to the future. Already he has received some interesting job offers. “I was offered an enormous amount of money to play a television judge. I was also approached to do a one man stage show. But my projects, the book and the movie were more important, and those other opportunities were passed on. I believed that the other projects were not for me, or my personality.”

Filming for Shadow of My Father begins in March, and if need be Gotti Jr. will serve as an on set consultant to director Kevin Connolly, actor John Travolta, and the rest of the cast.

He hopes the movie “will give a better understanding of who my father was, where he came from, what he desired as well as our relationship.” Adding, “it would be an opportunity to show the public the accurate portrait of my father, which means by Hollywood standards they get it 70% right.”
The Gotti family has done its utmost best to make sure the portrayal is accurate. They’ve given Connolly and Travolta access to their homes and took them on a tour through the old neighborhood where the Teflon Don’s old headquarters used to be.



“John Travolta and I had met, along with others, one night in Los Angeles for dinner,” Gotti Jr. reminisces. “When dinner was over, he and I had the opportunity to have a one on one discussion. We had spoken of the loss of his son Jett, and the struggle that he and his wife Kelly had to endure. I had felt his emotion and I had related his pain to the pain of the Gotti’s with our loss of my brother Frankie. Later Travolta assured me that he could play this part and do my father proud. And I believed him.”

As he is nearing completion of his favorite projects, Gotti Jr. has more time for other causes. Since quitting the mob he has been quite vocal about the realities of a life of crime. Something he reiterates to Gangsters Inc. “Even though today the government assets targeting organized crime are one tenth of what they were in the days of my father, I would tell [youngsters] not to confuse media images with the reality of the life. It leads to jail, an untimely death, forfeiture of property, and other things not to be desired. You run the risk of sacrificing your family for the Family. The camaraderie today is only surface, the money is temporary. In short, don’t do it. I have already had some involvement with local family counseling organizations, and would take time to assist any worthy legitimate efforts to keep kids out of trouble.”

Another cause he feels very strongly about is one he has not been approached for yet. “There is a growing movement to correct many of the ills of imprisonment in this country which has the highest per capita rate of imprisonment in the world. As an example of an individual involved with this issue, Bernie Kerik a former corrections head, policeman and inmate, now works for prison reform. When a prison system targets an individual, as they did my father in neglecting his medical condition and other intentional improper punishment, this is always wrong. There are some things in the prison system that are properly handled, but it’s time for much needed reform.”



ROAR OF THE LION
Gotti Senior passed away on June 10, 2002 at age 61. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. Despite his deteriorating condition, Gotti Senior remained strong. In his book Shadow of My Father, Gotti Jr. recounts the following conversation with his father. “The fucking trifecta. Jaw, throat, and neck cancer. But despite the cut and paste job they’ve done on my face, I’m still standing. Still standing. Still motherfuckering them every turn. […] Cancer has made my body betray me, but not my mind. Not my heart either. Never happen.”

It was part of Gotti Senior’s parenting. “He taught me by example to always comport myself with the dignity proper to a man, no matter what the circumstances or consequences,” Junior explains.
“I miss his charm, wisdom, his strength, and his wit,” Gotti Jr. says. “I miss the roar of that lion.”

January 08, 2016

Racketeering and drug charges for leaders of Bandidos gang


By David Amoruso - Gangstersinc.

Authorities in Texas have arrested the highest ranking leaders of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Club on federal racketeering and drug distribution charges, yesterday. Charges stem from Bandidos’ war with rival biker gang Cossacks MC and a drug ring run by Bandidos leaders and members of its Colorado chapter.

Bandidos National President Jeffrey Fay Pike (60), National Vice President John Xavier Portillo (56) and National Sergeant at Arms Justin Cole Forster (31) are accused of directing, sanctioning, approving and permitting other members of the organization to carry out racketeering acts including murder, attempted murder, assault, intimidation, extortion and drug trafficking to protect and enhance the organization’s power, territory, reputation and profits. All men were placed under arrest Wednesday morning. Pike, Portillo and Forster remain in federal custody. If they areconvicted, the defendants face up to life in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, beginning in 2013, the Bandidos’ National Vice President John Xavier Portillo (right) declared the club was “at war” with the Cossacks MC because the club wanted the Texas rocker – shown on the bottom of the back of the vest - all to itself.

The result was predictable and bloody.
On November 2 of that year, a group of around ten Bandidos bikers allegedly confronted several Cossacks members in Abilene, Texas. After taking the whips off of the parked motorcycles owned by the Cossacks, the Bandidos began assaulting the rival bikers and stabbed them with knives, resulting in serious injuries to four Cossacks.

The president of the Bandidos Abilene, Texas, chapter then proceeded to threaten the Cossacks, stating, “This is our town. If you come back I will kill you.”

When Bandidos went to a sports bar which was known to be a Cossacks hangout in Wise County, Texas, they were disappointed to see no rival “colors” present. Upon leaving the Bandidos posted a “Bandidos” sticker on the bar door.

Rival bikers weren’t so lucky on December 12 of 2014, when several Bandidos entered the Gators Jam Inn in Fort Worth, Texas, and crashed a meeting between the Cossacks and the Ghost Riders and Winos, two other motorcycle clubs. The Bandidos allegedly assaulted all those present and one member of the Ghost Riders was shot and killed.

Though not named in the indictment, the violent war also caused the shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead and saw the arrest of 170 bikers.

The indictment further alleges that in 2014, Portillo received methamphetamine from Colorado-area Bandidos members and that Forster (right) was selling ounce quantities of methamphetamine.
“Operation Texas Rocker has inflicted a debilitating blow to the leadership hierarchy and violent perpetrators of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” said Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration-Houston Field Division. “This 23-month operation highlights a deliberate and strategic effort to cut off and shut down the supply of methamphetamine trafficked by the Bandidos as well as other related criminal activity.”

“These indictments and arrests are the result of the ongoing partnership and collaboration between the FBI, DEA and DPS to neutralize one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in Texas,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.  “This effort not only exemplifies our commitment to prevent gang violence and criminal activity from poisoning our communities, but it also sends a clear message that we will relentlessly pursue and prosecute the leaders and members of these violent criminal enterprises.”

January 07, 2016

HA Canada




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Hells Angel can't sell real estate until sentence expires


Normand Robitaille

Normand Robitaille’s ascension within the Hells Angels while the biker gang was at war with rival gangs like the Rock Machine, between 1994 and 2002, revealed he was a very active participant in the conflict that claimed more than 160 lives.

Beginning in 1995, he went from being a member of the Rockers (an underling gang that did the dirty work for the Hells Angels’ Nomads chapter) to becoming a full-patch member of the chapter in 1998.

He was arrested in 2001, along with most of the Nomads chapter and the Rockers, in a police crackdown on gang violence. The investigation, dubbed Operation Springtime 2001, revealed the Nomads chapter generated $111 million in revenue from drug trafficking between March 30, 1999, to Dec. 19, 2000 — a period during which the police were able to secretly monitor the gang’s accounting practices.

In 2003, when Robitaille, now 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism, he was left with a 15-year prison term to serve. The sentence was increased to 17 years, in 2005, after a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled Robitaille used a company to launder money made from drug trafficking by investing in several buildings in Quebec.
When he reached his statutory release date (the two-thirds mark of his sentence), on Jan. 22, 2015, Robitaille already had a job waiting for him. The parole board ordered that Robitaille reside at a halfway house while he worked as a means to monitor him.

According to the most recent parole board decision made concerning Robitaille’s release, he collaborates with his parole officer but has become so busy in his business activities “they have taken on a proportion that has become impossible to monitor.”



The Nomads chapter in happier times. - A group photo taken August 5, 2000. From left to right top: Michel Rose (sentenced to 22 years), Donald (Pup) Stockford (sentenced to 20 years), Gilles (Trooper) Mathieu (sentenced to 20 years), Richard (Dick) Mayrand (sentenced to 22 years), Denis Houle (sentenced to 20 years), David (Wolf) Carroll. From left to right bottom: Walter (Nurget) Stadnick (sentenced to 20 years), René Charlébois (sentenced to 20 years), Normand Robitaille (sentenced to 21 years), Maurice (Mom) Boucher (sentenced to life).

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/former-hells-angel-told-he-cant-sell-real-estate

HA-medlem dømt for trusler med hammer


«Det er ikke ønskelig med lovløse tilstander i gatene. Dette oppleves som skremmende for publikum og kan være svært farlig», skriver tingrettsdommer Mette Thorsen i dommen fra Stavanger tingrett.

LES OGSÅ:
HA-medlem tiltalt for trusler med hammer 

Her blir en 44 år gammel mann dømt til 45 dagers fengsel for trusler og for oppbevaring av narkotika.

Erkjente straffskyld

44-åringen erkjente straffskyld både for trusler og for oppbevaring av narkotika da saken mot ham kom opp i tingretten i desember i fjor. Det var i et hulrom under trappen på tiltaltes rom i Hells Angels lokaler på Braut i Klepp kommune at politiet fant i overkant av 30 gram hasj.
Trusselepisoden skjedde i Pedersgata klokka 15.45 tirsdag 28. juli i fjor.

Både tiltalte og fornærmede forklarte at det var fornærmede som tok initiativet til møtet. Retten legger videre til grunn at det ikke var utenkelig at møtet kunne bli konfronterende. Tiltalte forklarte under hovedforhandlingene at han hadde med seg to personer hvis oppgave var å plukke ham opp fra rennesteinen om tiltalte skulle ende der.

Endret forklaring

Men 44-åringen havnet ikke i rennesteinen. Retten legger til grunn at det må ha fremstått som skremmende for fornærmede at tiltalte hadde med seg to personer. Videre finner retten det bevist at tiltalte hadde en hammer i hånden da han gikk ut av bilen og at han svingte denne et par ganger mot mannen han skulle møte.

LES OGSÅ:
Hells Angels får beholde klubbhuset i Oslo
Har fått to millioner av Hells Angels etter bombeangrep 

Retten finner det også bevist at tiltalte slo etter fornærmede også mens de to sprang nedover Pedersgata.

Fornærmede forklarte i retten at også han hadde et slagvåpen i hånden da tiltalte gikk ut av bilen. Videre sa han at han småspang nedover Pedersgata for å finnet et til slagvåpen han hadde hjem bak et hushjørne. Fornærmede kunne ikke huske at tiltalte løp etter ham.

Retten fester ikke lit til denne forklaringen. I dommen vises det blant annet til at fornærmede forklarte seg annerledes til politiet i avhør. Det pekes også på at det ifølge et vitne i saken bare var tiltalte som hadde slagvåpen i hendene.

Ifølge vitnet løp fornærmede inn i en lyktestolpe, men kom seg likevel unna. Tiltalte skal ha løpt etter ham i om lag 30 meter.

Tidligere domfelt

44-åringen er tidligere domfelt for både narkotika så vel som for trusler. At han nå på ny dømmes for slike lovbrudd mener retten er straffskjerpende.
Retten viser også til at trusselhendelsen skjedde midt på lyse dagen i en trafikkert gate og at det hele må ha vært skremmende for publikum.

LES OGSÅ:
HA-medlemmer frifunnet for Halloween-skjenking
Omstridt MC-klubb mister klubblokalet 

Under hovedforhandlingene ga både tiltalte for fornærmede uttrykk for at dette var et internt forhold som politiet ikke burde blande seg inn i. «Retten mener tvert i mot at det er viktig at politiet blander seg i slike saker», skriver tingrettsdommer Thorsen, som understreker at det ikke er ønskelig med lovløse tilstander i gatene.

44-åringen dømmes til 45 dagers ubetinget fengsel. Uten tilståelsen ville dommen blitt satt til 60 dagers fengsel.

January 06, 2016

Lege­for­enin­gen vil forby salg av røyk til alle født etter 2000

President i legeforeningen, Marit Hermansen, sier til Aftenposten at det ikke er noen menneskerett å få lov å til å begynne å bruke tobakk.
– Vi har lenge hatt som politikk at vi vil fase ut røyk innen 2035. Dette er et tiltak for å nå dette målet. Vi ønsker en tobakksfri generasjon. Det skal ikke bli et forbud mot å røyke, men vi vil at de unge ikke skal begynne med tobakk, sier hun til avisen.

Hermansen har tro på at det er mulig å få med seg politikerne på forslaget.
– Ministeren sier at hovedpoenget er at de unge skal hindres i å starte å røyke. Det betyr at når nye generasjoner blir gamle nok, kan de ikke få kjøpt tobakk i Norge, sier hun.

Aftenposten har snakket med fire sentrale helsepolitikere på Stortinget fra partiene Høyre, Ap, Sp og KrF, og ingen av dem tror foreløpig at et slikt forslag lar seg gjennomføre.

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January 04, 2016

10 Quick Rules of Biker Etiquette

MC Tips
                     
These are 10 Rules of Biker Etiquette you would assume are common sense, but you would be surprised on how many people over look them.

• Learn the proper way to introduce your self. Remember if your wearing a patch on your back, your representing your entire club. Make sure you do it right.
Club name – Road name – City of Origin
If your a prospective member it’s:
Club name – Prospect – Road name – City of Origin

• If it’s not YOUR bike in the parking lot, don’t sit on it or touch it.

• Keep your hands off another persons patch. That includes when your greeting a fellow biker. If you absolutely have to touch their back. Touch their shoulder area where you clear the patches. Remember these people likely went through all kinds of hell earning those patches, so show some respect. The only person allowed to touch them is the person wearing them and the brothers they share patches with.

• Don’t interrupt a conversation amongst biker brothers. Unless your invited into the conversation your not welcome. Mind your own business and go about your way.

• Respect ol ladies. How would you feel if some one flirted with or spoke rudely to your better half. This only leads to a bad path you do not want to be at the end of.

• If you bump into a fellow biker do the respectful thing and admit its your bad. If you ignore it and continue walking they have no choice but to consider it a sign of disrespect.

• Don’t go starting fights in a bar. Why do you think the bars are banning colors? I’m not saying let anyone disrespect you, but be smart about it and don’t be the one picking fights. Your ruining it for everyone.

• Don’t cut into the middle of a pack of riders for ANY REASON! If merging from or onto the freeway, slow down, and fall in behind. Hauling ass and passing another patched member is a sign of disrespect.

• Don’t pass anyone in their own lane, because now your really asking for it. Not only is it illegal, they may “accidentally” stick out a boot and send you off the road.

• If you don’t know the fellow biker riding in front of you, don’t pull up beside them with out an invitation. They will automatically assume you’re up to no good, and react.

Leader of La Familia drug cartel tortured and killed


By David Amoruso - GangstersInc.

Live by the gun, die by the gun. Mexican drug lord Carlos Rosales Mendoza’s life ended in familiar fashion. His dead body was dumped along with three other corpses in the carpark of a tollbooth along a motorway in western Mexico. All four men had been tortured and shot to death.

Rosales Mendoza was the founder of La Familia Michoacana, one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels. The 52-year-old drug boss has risen in prominence to be featured on the DEA’s Most Wanted List and was sanctioned under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act by the United States Department of the Treasury.

Despite his high profile, Rosales Mendoza went about his business of drugs and violence as usual. He had been at it since the 1980s when he formed his own drug gang which became part of the Gulf Cartel after he had formed a strong alliance with its leader, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén.

His power increased and by 2000 he had established his La Familia Michoacana cartel. After a surge of cartel violence swept Mexico, many drug cartels began a publicity campaign to polish up their image. La Familia cartel proclaimed to defend traditional family and religious values.

How then do they explain dealing drugs and slaughtering their rivals? you may ask. Well, they claimed it was their “divine right” to torture, dismember, and murder their enemies.

Normally, one would question such logic but it’s hard to argue with someone who is cutting your arm off while another person has a gun pointed at your groin.

Family and religious values aside, Rosales Mendoza did not shy away from the violence. It is said he had schooled many up-and-coming drug lords in the ways of cartel business, regarding both finance and death.

His downfall began after organizing an armed assault on a maximum security prison in 2004. Authorities managed to convict him of masterminding the raid and sentenced him to ten years in prison.

After his release in 2014, Rosales Mendoza got right back in the thick of things. Mexican police claimed he was trying to reestablish his dominance over the drug trade in Michoacán. Though it is still unknown who is behind his murder, it is safe to assume not everyone appreciated Rosales Mendoza’s return to the organization he founded. Perhaps someone had already established his own dominance over what was once Rosales Mendoza’s cartel.

That someone might not realize it yet, but he gave himself a peek at his own future. In Mexico, those that live by the gun have a significantly higher chance to die by it than similar men in other areas of the world. No matter what rank they hold.