Group harassing people on social media arrested in Erbil

In the program "Alan Zandi's Fingerprint," aired on Kurdistan24, it was revealed that the Govand CTS prostitution court group has been involved in deceiving and threatening numerous people.
The members of the Govand CTS prostitution court group. (Photo: Submitted to Kurdistan24)
The members of the Govand CTS prostitution court group. (Photo: Submitted to Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdista24) – The Erbil Security Directorate revealed on Monday that the Govand CTS prostitution court group, despite their attempts to hide from security agencies, has been located and arrested.

In the program "Alan Zandi's Fingerprint," aired on Kurdistan24, it was revealed that the Govand CTS prostitution court group has been involved in deceiving and threatening numerous people. They have been publishing explicit photos and videos and extorting large sums of money, thereby posing a threat to thousands of individuals.

According to reports, the gang operates multiple groups on Telegram, consisting of varying numbers of members. Some groups are said to have 100,000 or 200,000 members, while others have around 30,000 or 40,000 members. These groups go by names such as Govand Prostitution Court CTS and Mick Mick. It has been reported that the gang utilizes these groups to target and harm individuals of all genders. Furthermore, they have managed to acquire files and documents, which they then use as leverage to threaten and extort money from the owners.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) initiated an investigation and successfully identified the group with the assistance of the Ministry of Interior, the KRG Security Council, police, and security forces. A joint operation involving SWAT, crime, and commando forces was carried out to apprehend and arrest the members of the group.

The gang leader reportedly held various titles, including Storm and Leader. He was the owner of Govand CTS, a prostitution court group, and also created artwork for the videos and photos before their release. The Erbil security forces have confiscated all the mobile phones that were used by the group to intimidate individuals. These phones contained hundreds of thousands of photos and videos.

The supervisor of the Govand CTS prostitution court's owner admitted to owning Govand CTS channels. Initially, there were three people involved, but the number grew to seven.

“We forced women to create inappropriate videos for us. I would send the admins of the group to collect the money," he said.

The Erbil security forces are urging all individuals who have received threats to file a complaint to reclaim their rights.

The accused said that the women had threatened to commit suicide or get divorced if the videos were released, but they were ignored.

Lieutenant Ardalan Fatih, spokesperson for the Erbil security forces, stated that they are actively working to identify individuals who pose a threat to citizens through the use of social media.