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The pair were believed to be organising drugs shipments to Europe from South America.

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It is suspected the men were abducted and murdered in the city of Fortaleza

It is suspected the men were abducted and murdered in the city of Fortaleza

It is suspected the men were abducted and murdered in the city of Fortaleza

TWO Scottish brothers wanted by police for heading up a drugs gang are feared to have been kidnapped and murdered while on the run in Brazil.

James and Barry Gillespie, who are suspected of running a major Scottish crime organisation, had fled to South America as they were wanted by UK cops in relation to attempted murder and directing organised crime in the UK and throughout Europe.

The Daily Record, who said the pair were known as the “Escobar Brothers” in Brazil, reported this week that cops have told their family that they believe they men may have come to harm in Brazil.

The newspaper reported that it is suspected the men were abducted and murdered in the city of Fortaleza in a row over money with a local gang.

The pair were believed to be organising drugs shipments to Europe from South America.

The brothers from Rutherglen, near Glasgow, have headed up Scotland’s Most Wanted list after a European Arrest Warrant was issued for their arrests in 2019.

Police Scotland said they believe the men may have come to harm.

“Police Scotland officers have been in contact with the families of James and Barry Gillespie after enquiries have led them to believe that both men may have come to harm.

“However, extensive enquiries to trace both men are continuing and anyone with information about their current whereabouts should contact Police Scotland.”

The pair are wanted by police in relation to organised crime offences including the attempted murder of Robert Allan in 2015.

Allan had fled Scotland over £30,000 debt but was tracked to Barnsley in England where he was abducted and tortured for two days before being shot three time in the knees and dumped on the naked on the side of the road in Scotland.

The brothers have links to Scottish man Christopher Hughes who was charged in connection with the murder of Dutch criminal and crime blogger Martin Kok who was shot dead in Amsterdam in 2016.

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Hughes met with Kok on the night of his murder and authorities allege he set him up but Hughes denies the charges against him.

Ridouan Taghi, the leader of a Dutch Moroccan organised crime group, is believed to have ordered the murder because Kok was writing about his operation.

Taghi, who is currently on trial in the Netherland for various organised crime offences after being extradited from Dubai, is a close associate of Daniel Kinahan.

Kinahan also has links to the Scottish criminals including Dubai-based gang boss Stephen Lyons who is head of the Lyons crime family who have been involved in a long-running feud with the rival Daniels crime gang in Scotland.

The Gillespie brothers have links to associates of the Daniels gang.

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