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Bulgarian police join Spanish officers in 12 ilegal TV raids 

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Police in Spain say they have dismantled one of Europe’s biggest illegal providers of television channels via the internet.

Twelve simultaneous raids were carried out in both Spain and Bulgaria, leading to the arrest of eight people.

The operation involved officers from the Spanish National Police, Europol, Eurojust and the Special Prosecutor against Computer Crime.

Investigations started following a formal complaint by a representative of the Premier League Football Association against a Danish citizen based in Spain.

“This person owned one of the most important internet service provides of Malaga, through which the encrypted signal of television was distributed illicitly to thousands of customers of different countries of the European Union,” said a police spokesman.

The system was so good that it provided TV of high quality similar to that gained by genuine customers of ap-proved companies, he added.

During the investigation, it was found that this internet service provider was not the only one that was distributing the signal under the guidelines of the Danish individual and his criminal organisation.

“It had another ISP located in the Bulgarian city of Silistra, with which it covered other European countries and this was continuously interconnected with the ISP of Malaga,” said the police.

“Both companies providing Internet services followed the same modus operandi. These were legally established companies that took advantage of their capabilities and coverage to carry out the crime, in a parallel and illegal way. These ISPs enjoyed great prestige in the world of illicit distribution of payment signals, and they even chose which clients to serve.”

During the twelve simultaneous registrations, in Spain and Bulgaria, it was verified that both ISPs were illegally distributing the signal. Both were disconnected. Numerous documents were also seized which incriminated the providers.