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Greek police break child porn ring, 21 charged
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police broke a child pornography ring, believed to be part of a wider European operation, and charged 21 people with possession and trafficking of such material on the Internet, officials said on Wednesday.
Police said they detained 13 of the men and are searching for the rest, who are aged between 25 and 50 and included a teacher, a doctor, a businessman, a therapist and a shepherd who had created a hi-tech internet corner in his sheep-pen.
"These people are detained on charges of accessing, possessing and trafficking hard-core child pornographic material," a police official, who declined to be named, told Reuters. "Such a case is a first for Greece."
After a 6-month, Europe-wide investigation Greek authorities tracked down the suspects after being tipped off by Interpol, the official said. Operations are continuing in Italy, Germany and the UK.
About 50 computer hard-drives were confiscated in the raids containing over 15 terabytes of illegal material, the official told Reuters.
Greece's conservative government passed a law in 2007, which imposes heavy sentences -- up to life imprisonment -- on those found guilty of crimes related to child pornography.
(Reporting by Renee Maltezou)
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