London Metropolitan police opened fire outside Ukraine‘s embassy in London on April 13 after a vehicle repeatedly rammed into the ambassador’s parked car. The attacked vehicle was empty, the assailant was arrested at the scene. (Image: illustration).
In a statement the Embassy of Ukraine informed the ambassador’s vehicle was parked in front of its building in Holland Park, west London, when it was rammed. London Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement that a 40-year-old man had been arrested.
“The police were called immediately, and the suspect’s vehicle was blocked up. Nevertheless, despite the police actions, the attacker hit the Ambassador’s car again,” the Ukrainian Embassy said in a statement. “In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator’s vehicle. The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station.”
Police have seized 55 cars and identified car parts stolen from Germany in a joint operation between German and Polish law enforcement. Since 27 February 2018 nearly 200 police officers and technical and forensic experts have taken part in operations in western Poland to bring down one of the largest organised crime groups involved in vehicle theft in both Germany and Poland. The Polish prosecutor overseeing the case has asked for assistance from prosecutors in Germany to help identify an additional 150 stolen cars. (Image: illustration)
The investigation revealed that the Polish suspects had defined roles and responsibilities within the crime network, such as stealing vehicles, forging documents, dismantling stolen cars and laundering the criminal proceeds. The main suspects have been charged with money laundering, where they used a complex scheme to conceal the origin of illegally-gained proceeds.
German and Polish law enforcement worked closely together under the supervision of the Polish Prosecutor’s Office in the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski. The Polish Asset Recovery Office also launched a financial investigation in parallel and confiscated criminal assets estimated to be worth EUR 1.5 million.
In connection with the laundering activities which allowed the criminals to transform and turnover the proceeds of crime, Europol’s Analysis Project (AP) Sustrans provided support to the investigation and the Polish Asset Recovery Office. Europol will continue to offer analytical and technical assistance by examining and extracting data from the seized devices.
Women in Saudi Arabia will soon have the right to drive, according to a royal decree issued by the country’s King Salman.
The kingdom has long been the only country in the world where women are prohibited from driving, and the longstanding ban has been the subject of extensive protests in and outside the country.
In the royal decree issued on Tuesday, King Salman ordered that an ministerial body would implement the change by June 2018, following a consultation over the next 30 days.
The decree referred to the “negative consequences of not allowing women to drive the vehicle and the positive aspects of allowing it”.