Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday in Corsica and on the continent as part of the financial investigation into suspected members of the so-called criminal gang of “Small Bar“, We learned Monday from a source close to the case. Among these people is Jacques Santoni, the alleged leader of the “Small Bar“, Which was taken into custody in Paris, according to sources familiar with the case and according to his lawyer Pascal Garbarini.
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The lawyer represents four other people placed in police custody as part of this investigation led by the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction (JIRS) of Marseille. The companions and relatives of several suspected members of the Petit Bar were also targeted by these arrests, at least eight of which were made in Ajaccio by the gendarmerie.
Antony Perrino, an entrepreneur and former CEO of Corse-Matin, of which he is still a shareholder, has also been remanded in custody in this case, AFP told his lawyer, Thierry Marembert, and a source close to the file. These arrests follow a wave of arrests and searches that took place on September 28 in Corsica and Switzerland, as part of the two strands of the investigation into this criminal gang.
In the financial aspect of this case, the investigators are seeking to dismantle the Petit Bar’s international money laundering networks. According to figures put forward by the daily Le Monde, some 48 million offshore and real estate investments have enabled the criminal group to launder its dirty money. In the other part of the case, the investigation into the attempted assassination of Guy Orsoni, himself prosecuted in various cases of banditry, Jacques Santoni has already been indicted after the September 28 attack.
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On September 28, three important members of the Petit Bar gang had escaped the crackdown by the judicial police (PJ), probably due to leaks. Procedural problems were also noted, which would concern both the island PJ and the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (OCLCO) based in the Paris region, according to sources familiar with the matter to AFP. This had led the JIRS investigating judge to relinquish the PJ to entrust the two aspects of the investigation to the Corsican gendarmerie.
A judicial inquiry for “violation of the secrecy of the investigation»And an administrative investigation by the General Inspectorate of the National Police were also opened. Faced with these suspicions, the head of the Corsican PJ was transferred to Paris and saw his authorization as a judicial police officer suspended for 12 months. His numbers 2 and 3 also lost this clearance for four months.