Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Camorra crime boss accused of massive environmental damage

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Rome, December 10 - Italian anti-mafia prosecutors
on Monday accused jailed Camorra crime boss Francesco Bidognetti
of causing massive environmental damage after a company he
controlled allegedly dumped toxic materials over a period of
many years in an illegal site near Naples.
Bidognetti, a boss of the Casalesi crime family in jail
since 1993 in Parma, is accused of having poisoned water tables
near Naples after illegally dumping more than 800,000 tons of
garbage - in large part toxic - produced by companies in
northern Italy.
The dumping took place between the end of the 1980s and the
midlle of the 1990s, according to prosecutors, and was carried
out by a specially constituted, Camorra-controlled company
called Ecologia 89.
Prosecutors say evidence confirms that the Casalesi family
is heavily involved in the garbage-disposal industry -
especially in the handling of dangerous waste from other Italian
regions.
Roberto Saviano depicted the Casalesis in his critically
acclaimed book Gomorrah, which was later made into a movie. He
now lives under round-the-clock surveillance after receiving
death threats.
Aside from the environmental damage caused by the dumping,
damage to human health is likely to have been equally serious as
the poisoned water was used for irrigating crops and made its
way into food production.

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