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Ex-football star Sneijder linked to Comanchero crime group for money laundering

Ex-football star Sneijder linked to Comanchero crime group for money laundering Sneijder, who recovered from an injury, worked with the team for Galatasaray's match against Trabzonspor, Istanbul, Oct. 20, 2016 (AA Photo)
By Newsroom
Jul 11, 2024 11:02 AM

Former Galatasaray player Wesley Sneijder has been linked to the international organized crime organization Comanchero, involved in money laundering activities, according to details emerging from an investigation led by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation, focusing on charges including forming a criminal organization, international drug trafficking and money laundering, revealed that in November 2023, 55 suspects were detained.

Meanwhile, assets totaling approximately 4.5 billion Turkish lira were seized by court order, in collaboration with the Narcotics Police Department and MASAK (Financial Crimes Investigation Board).

Among the suspects, 18 were arrested, including Hakan Reis, formerly known as ‘Ayık’ (‘Reis’), who changed his surname to ‘Reis’, and Duax Ngakuru, while 22 others were released under judicial supervision.

MASAK’s examination identified that Sneijder was linked to the Econ Real Estate company under investigation, with public information suggesting he was a shareholder.

However, MASAK did not find specific records in the Trade Registry Gazette confirming Sneijder’s partnership.

Nevertheless, it was confirmed that Sneijder transferred $1,181,428 to the company.

Statements from apprehended individuals indicated Sneijder sent this money to become a shareholder in the company.

Last Updated:  Jul 11, 2024 11:06 AM