18 February 2004
BRUSSELS – Police suspect that a Belgian resident arrested over the weekend was at the heart of a global money-laundering network, Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported on Wednesday.
The man, an Israeli citizen who usually lives in Belgium, was arrested in the Israeli city of Haifa while on a business trip.
Police believe the man, Senion Beniorchwilli, is at the centre of a worldwide money-laundering network with operations in Russia, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong.
He is suspected of smuggling cigarettes between China and Europe and is also thought to have links with east European organised crime gangs.
According to investigators cited by Le Soir, Beniorchwilli has used his company to launder around EUR 250 million in recent months.
Beniorchwilli’s firm, Pacha tech, is legally registered as a company that imports household appliances from South East Asia.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Belgian news