Danish ex-gangster shot dead after launch of book on quitting crime

A picture taken on November 20, 2018 shows copies of the book titled "Roots - A gangster's way out" about Nedim Yasar by author Marie-Louise Toksvig displayed at a bookstore in Koebmagergade Copenhagen's district. (AFP)
Updated 20 November 2018
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Danish ex-gangster shot dead after launch of book on quitting crime

  • Nedim Yasar, 31, made a name for himself as a radio host after quitting Los Guerreros, a Copenhagen gang involved in the drugs trade
  • At least two shots were fired at Yasar when he was leaving the book launch on Monday by a gunman who fled the scene

COPENHAGEN: A former Danish gang leader died of gunshot wounds on Tuesday as his memoir on leaving the criminal underworld went on sale. He was shot a day earlier after an event to launch the book.
Nedim Yasar, 31, made a name for himself as a radio host after quitting Los Guerreros, a Copenhagen gang involved in the drugs trade. His book, “Roots,” about pulling himself out of crime was published on Tuesday.
At least two shots were fired at Yasar when he was leaving the book launch on Monday by a gunman who fled the scene.
Danish justice Soren Pape Poulsen paid tribute to Yasar, who was born in Turkey and came to Denmark at the age of 4, according to newspaper Politiken.
“How sad and infinitely meaningless. I met Nedim once. I met a man who with all his heart wanted to create and new life and make a difference for others. My thoughts and compassion go to his friends and family,” Poulsen tweeted.
According to news agency Ritzau, Yasar decided to leave his gang and join an exit program after he learned he was going to become a father. He often spoke of his life experiences on his radio show.
Police said Yasar told them in 2017 he had been the victim of an attempted assault, after he had quit the gang.
Denmark had a record number of gang-related shootings last year, police said. Some politicians linked the rise in violence to problems integrating non-Western immigrants.


Bulgaria seizes 288 kilos of heroin in truck from Iran

Updated 18 April 2019
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Bulgaria seizes 288 kilos of heroin in truck from Iran

  • Two men — the Iranian truck driver and a Turkish man, who was allegedly to receive the drugs in Bulgaria — were detained and indicted for drug trafficking

SOFIA: Bulgarian customs officials confiscated more than 288 kilo (635 pounds) of heroin hidden on a truck from Iran, prosecutors announced Thursday.

The haul is the biggest amount of heroin seized at Bulgaria’s borders this year, the customs agency said.

Two men — the Iranian truck driver and a Turkish man, who was allegedly to receive the drugs in Bulgaria — were detained and indicted for drug trafficking, the Haskovo regional prosecution said in a statement. They risk jail terms from 15 to 20 years, it added.

The drugs were placed in 144 packages hidden inside the floor and ceiling of a spray painting machine transported inside the truck.

It was found when the vehicle was X-rayed upon entering Bulgaria from Turkey at the southeastern Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint on Sunday, but the seizure was only announced on Thursday.

Bulgaria, which lies on the so-called Balkan drugs route from the Middle East to Western Europe, has seen a several-fold increase in heroin seizures over the past three years.

In 2018, the customs agency confiscated a total of 994 kilos of heroin at the country’s borders, a rise of 13 percent from 2017.