Two suspects detained in German money-laundering probe

21st October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The two suspected masterminds had been monitored by German investigators for trying to send millions of euros in cash from the Netherlands to Lebanon via Germany.

Berlin -- German police said Tuesday they had arrested two suspects after cracking an international money-laundering ring in the south of the country.

The pair, aged 31 and 26, were detained Thursday during a search of their homes and workplaces and remanded in custody.

More than 100 customs and regional police officers from the states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Baden-Wuerttemberg took part in the swoop.

Investigators seized more evidence on Monday held by a suspected accomplice in Belgium.

Since May last year, the two suspected masterminds had been monitored by German investigators for trying to send nearly nine million euros in cash from the Netherlands to Lebanon via Germany.

German customs officers found and seized the money during a check at Frankfurt airport, Germany's main air hub.

Police suspects the money was linked to drug trafficking.

AFP/Expatica

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