Lions and bears have been removed from a notorious Romanian gangster’s property. The animals were carried off in stretchers. According to OA Online on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, these animals were reportedly used to threaten his victims, which was part of the gangster’s lifestyle.
Ion Balint was arrested on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, blackmail and possessing illegal weapons on Feb. 22. This prompted the environmental authorities and the Vier Pfoten animal charity folks to go in and take out the animals, who needed to be tranquilized before transporting them to a zoo.
Both relatives and neighbors of Balint denied the reports from the investigators that claimed the animals were used to intimidate his victims. They claim the 48-year-old gangster is nothing more than an animal lover.
The gated estate in the Bucharest slums were lined with spectators watching the crews taking out the wild lions and bears. The animal charity removed four lions and two bears from Balint’s property and they were transported to a zoo, where they will have a good home.
Ion Balint has a history of criminal charges that include human trafficking, violence and pimping.