Greek Police Detain Turkish National Linked to Criminal Group

Arrest of Suspected Criminal Group Leader by Greek Police

In a significant cross-border collaboration, the Greek police have successfully apprehended a Turkish national believed to be the ringleader of a notorious criminal group. The arrest, which took place last Friday, was based on an international warrant and a tipoff from Turkish intelligence services.

The 29-year-old man, identified by Turkish media as Ramazan Baygar, is wanted by Ankara for a litany of crimes, including manslaughter. The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that the Adana governor confirmed Baygar’s arrest in Greece. Turkish authorities have issued 14 arrest warrants against him, and the extradition process is currently underway.

Baygar is suspected of leading the “Baygaralar” criminal organization. The group’s activities came under scrutiny earlier this year when two Turkish men, alleged to be part of the same gang operating in Adana, were detained by Greek authorities on the island of Crete in February.

This arrest comes at a time when Turkey and Greece, despite their historical rivalries and ongoing disputes over maritime boundaries and energy resources, have been taking significant steps towards easing tensions. Both countries are NATO allies and have recently engaged in high-level discussions to foster better relations. A meeting between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Ankara earlier this week underscored their commitment to improving ties.

The collaboration between Greek and Turkish intelligence in this case may signal a positive shift in the complex relationship between the two nations, potentially paving the way for further cooperative efforts in combating transnational crime.

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Who leads the criminal group wanted by Ankara?

The criminal group sought by Ankara is reportedly led by Sedat Peker, a notorious figure in the Turkish underworld with alleged ties to political circles.

Can Greek police dismantle the entire criminal group?

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