EIGHT people have been arrested in Spain and Sweden after a criminal kingpin was tortured and cold-bloodedly executed by a gang of drug traffickers.
Spain’s Guardia Civil launched operation ‘Tijereta’ after the murder of a Swedish citizen in a Mijas (Malaga) villa last month.
Guardia Civil sources say that a group of men flew into Malaga and tricked two men from a drugs smuggling gang to a villa. Once there the duo were tied up then subjected to torture for hours in an attempt to extract details of a drugs shipment.
Eventually the kidnappers were distracted for long enough for one of their victims to escape his bonds and flee.
At this point the aggressors decided to make their escape – but not before executing the other helpless victim with several shots, said Guardia Civil sources.
They then took the car of the murdered man – said to be the head of a drugs trafficking criminal organisation – before abandoning and setting it on fire in the seaside resort of Fuengirola.
Four suspects were soon after identified and arrested in Algeciras, where they were apparently waiting to get a ferry to Morocco.
Having established the identity of the victim as the head of a Swedish gang that operated in Spain and further afield Guardia Civil made contact with their Swedish counterparts as investigations continued.
These led to two arrests in the up markets towns of Benahavis and Marbella including that of a man said to have planned the killing, while a coordinated and simultaneous operation in Sweden led to two further arrests.
Swedish police also seized two Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifles and a pistol. In the joint operation five high-end vehicles, a bullet proof vest, €15,000 in cash, 13,000 Swedish Crowns, large quantities of ammunition and three watches valued at €120,000 were also seized.
Extradition proceedings against those arrested in Sweden are expected to start with charges of murder, attempted murder, torture, abduction, illegal possession of weapons, drug smuggling and vehicle theft being investigated.