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The German Federal Police launched a security crackdown in four German states on Wednesday (July 10, 2019) against the wedding gangs. More than 500 police officers searched 38 properties in Saxony, Thuringia, Rhineland-Pfalz and Bavaria, including 29 in Leipzig, a police spokesman said..

According to the data, the campaign targeted about 60 suspects, and about 30 of them have been arrested so far. The authorities said the investigation was about the suspicion of mediating and organizing mock marriages of European women. According to the data, the suspects organize mock marriages of Pakistani or Indian citizens mainly after arriving in Eastern Europe and Cyprus for the purpose of obtaining a permit to stay in the European Union.

Suspects falsify work documents and place of residence. A spokesman for the police said the mediations are for between 15 thousand and 22 thousand euros. Authorities have been monitoring two main suspects in connection with investigations commissioned by prosecutors in Leipzig since 2017 .

German police from abroad obtained information on the individuals involved, so the Federal Police cooperated in this case with the European Police Agency (Europol).


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