Convicted Bulgarian Mobsters Found Heaven in Guernsey – ReportCrime | September 13, 2012, Thursday // 14:31| views
The so-called "Galevi brothers" disappeared after their jail sentences were announced. Photo by BGNES
Interpol-wanted convicted mobsters Angel Hristov and Plamen Galev, better known as the Galevi brothers, have laundered millions of dollars in the English Channel, local media reports.
Guernsey, a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, is a hot spot for criminals all over the world, including Bulgaria, as local laws make it very difficult to prove the offence, according to Bulgarian investigators, cited by 24 Hours daily.
The Bulgarian authorities are reportedly hunting down for the pair, well known to be top mafia lords, failed MP wannabes and benefactors of Dupnitsa, together with the cooperation of FBI.
The notorious pair was sentenced by Bulgaria's Supreme Court to serve five years in jail at the beginning of May on racketeering charges.
A few days later the two underground bosses vanished and were declared wanted by the local authorities and Interpol or at least this is what Bulgaria's Interior Ministry claims.
Meanwhile the two crime bosses were charged with money laundering, worth BGN 35. 5. M.
Previous reports said the Galevi brothers entered Greece with fake passports, riding one of their luxurious cars, and flew to South Africa and the Seychelles.
Even before the court trial it was a public secret that the Galevi brothers are mafia bosses who hold the citizens of Dupnitsa on a leash as their jobs and prosperity depend on the two burly former policemen with shady background and businesses.
They have managed to capitalize on the weakness of the state and the local authorities, merging with them and making out of Dupnitsa a stronghold of their own, called Galevgrad.
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