The Curious Case of Mihai Tanjala

Hey, does anyone remember the case of Mihail Boldea? Or Omar Hayssam? Oh, just me then? Fine. It’s shocking just how many high-level criminals under investigation by the Romanian authorities are allowed to leave the country. No, they don’t crawl under border fences or use assumed names; they use their own passports, which the vaunted…

Romanian Cops Engage In International Crime Spree

Ahh, it seems as though the good old Romanian police apparently are no longer satisfied with running scams in their own country and have decided to branch out to Denmark of all places. A Romanian thief was working at the behest of national authorities when he stole construction equipment from Danish firms, a report in…

Brave Romanian Police Kinda Sorta Stop Some Pickpockets

I was minding my own business this morning, reading through this French report about the police breaking up a ring of pickpockets when I noticed something odd. Apparently, a group of Gypsies has been begging and stealing (pickpocketing) passengers on French trains as well as visitors to Disneyland Paris. 11 people were arrested, six of…

The Beatification of Laura Codruta Kovesi

Word Count: 2681 Over the past few days, I’ve been keeping a sharp eye on Victoria Nuland, the tip of the spear of America’s policy in this region. In her speech at the American Embassy on Monday (still not on the Embassy’s website), Nuland had plenty to say on a number of topics, including the…

Designer Police

I was researching something else when I came across a Euro News report about Sicilian Mafia money possibly being laundered in Romania (video is in English). As I got to the end, I saw an interview with Codrut Olaru, the head of DIICOT, and took the screencap you see above. Is that a new logo…

DEA, Taliban, Missile “Sting”

Weird, weird and even weirder: Watch the local Arizona news station videoclip here. Romanian government press release here, including this Youtube footage (w/o sound): From the (American) DEA official website: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele M. Leonhart and Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the unsealing…