GB About: Sting Publish: 03/09/2022 Edit: 03/09/2022 Author: Gardener
Detective Superintendent Greg Williams, director of the police's national organized crime group, briefs the media after 35 people have been arrested in the North Island. The damage to reputation of an entertainer charged in a global organized crime sting would be permanent even if he were named and then found not guilty, a lawyer said. The entertainer was arrested in June along with about 40 others across the country following the stabbing. He appeared in the Auckland High Court on Wednesday, along with three others, asking for the name to be suppressed. They are all charged with drug and money laundering. * Global organized crime: entertainer, naval officer on trial * Two men charged in big meth and money laundering ring called Operation Trojan Shield: Kiwi entertainer denies conspiracy to launder $6 million * Member of police hunting gang in arrest of international organized Crime * Two men appear in court in Hamilton after global attack on organized crime * Senior gang members arrested after global attack on organized crime Drugs and money were seized and 900 charges brought in Operation Trojan Shield. The entertainer faces charges along with a host of others, including suspected syndicate leaders Duax and Shane Ngakuru. Ron Mansfield QC, acting on behalf of the entertainer, said he was only seeking temporary suppression as he had to work. His work as an entertainer took a hit due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Mansfield said. "The damage to his reputation would be permanent even if it were found that he was not guilty of these allegations." Mansfield QC said on behalf of the second defendant that if he were named, his rights to a fair trial would be denied. The stabbing led to more than 800 arrests worldwide, according to Randy Grossman, acting US Attorney for the Southern District of California. Phil Hamlin, the attorney acting for a couple who are the third and fourth defendants, argued that they would suffer extreme hardship if named as children. Crown prosecutor Belle Archibald refused to withhold the names of all four defendants, saying their circumstances, if named, were not extremely harsh. Drugs were seized during the operation. The sting, Operation Trojan Shield, involved police operations in 16 countries that arrested more than 800 suspects, aided by an encrypted communications platform developed by the FBI. The stabbing was part of a global crackdown on organized crime that police have described as "the world's most sophisticated law enforcement operation". New Zealand Police said the FBI developed a closed-loop encryption system called "AN0M" to monitor people's communications and the alleged perpetrators unknowingly used the system for 18 months to talk about their criminal behavior. Users believed their AN0M devices were protected from law enforcement by impenetrable encryption, police said. Detective Superintendent Greg Williams, the director of the New Zealand Police's national organized crime group, previously said the transnational groups are preying on vulnerable people.
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