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Prague, June 15 (CTK) – The Czech police have caught a five-member gang that forged passports and driving licences and operated in the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Slovakia from 2013, organised crime police unit spokesman Pavel Hantak told CTK Monday.

The gang was headed by a 58-year-old Czech living in Slovakia, where he was arrested. The extradition proceedings have started so that he may be handed to the Czech authorities.

Two Czechs and two Russians who were part of the gang were arrested in the Czech Republic in late May, Hantak said.

The suspects face up to ten years in prison if the forgery of identity documents is proved. Three of them have been taken in pre-trial custody.

The forged documents were produced in Lithuania, sent to the Czech Republic, and handed to those who ordered them. The gang also falsified Lithuanian criminal records and it arranged transfers of business companies so that they would be officially headed by imaginary persons.

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