Berlin police grab Lebanese clan’s assets empire

Image copyright AFP Symbol caption The stolen “Massive Maple Leaf” in 2010: One In Every Of six such Canadian coins

Police have seized 77 Berlin houses owned through a Lebanese circle of relatives suspected of mafia-style crimes, including the theft of an enormous gold coin.

Three clan contributors had been detained over the coin heist. The Canadian “Large Maple Leaf” – 100kg (220lb) of pure 24-carat gold – was once stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum in March 2017.

The 77 homes, condominium blocks and lawn allotments are value about €10m (£9m; $12m), German media report.

The gold coin has not but been found.

There are fears that the gold might need been been melted down and sold off. The coin used to be valued at approximately €3.7m.

Investigators suspect that the seized properties were purchased with the proceeds of organised crime. For criminal purposes the Lebanese circle of relatives isn’t named, however known best as “R”.

An anti-money laundering regulation passed in Germany ultimate yr allows confiscation of belongings in order to recover illicit profits.

Members of the extended family are suspected of crimes including murder, blackmail, drug-dealing and those-trafficking.

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