Nine people were arrested in Greece, including a French national, while hundreds of others have been arrested around Europe in a major Europol crackdown on online child sexual abuse file-sharing networks, code-named “Operation Icarus”.
High-ranking diplomats, a senior army officer, businessmen, a schoolbus driver and other citizens ‘above suspicion’ were among the nine people arrested and another five against whom case files were opened in Greece in the context of the Icarus operation.
The extensive crackdown on child sex abuse material via the internet, coordinated by EUROPOL, was launched three months ago and concluded on Wednesday.
The Greek Police electronic crimes squad became active in the operation after electronic traces were found belonging to users in Greece trafficking in hard-core child pornography.
Nine persons were arrested in Greece and case files were opened for five others. The suspects were arrested in Athens, Piraeus, Arta, Corfu island, and Iraklio in the island of Crete. Eight of those arrested are locals and one is a French national, who is also charged with declaring a false identity during his arrest.
Greek police conducted searches of a large number of residences and workplaces, and turned up 16 computer hard disk drives and 11 laptops containing a large number of archives of more than 14,000 GB with child pornography material.
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