Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Noted pastry chef and singer among camorra arrests


Naples, January 14 - A celebrated Neopolitan singer
and pastry-shop owner was among six people arrested on Monday in
an anti-Mafia sting operation against the Naples-based Camorra.
Carabinieri police arrested Gaetano Gegnoso, 38, noted
pastry chef and locally renowned singer known as Babba'.
Gegnoso performs in the neomelodic style, combining
traditional Neopolitan music with contemporary lyrics, and even
has a website that tells the story of his pastry-making and
publicizes his songs, which made him famous on his home turf in
the Barra, an area in Naples' periphery.
Gegnoso was arrested in connection with an alleged
extortion racket disguised as fundraising for the traditional
'Insuperable Lily' - a 25-meter, 400-kg flower made of wood and
papier-mache' - which is the centre-piece of a neighborhood
festival called Gigli di Barra (Barra Lilies), according to the
newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
The police impounded and destroyed the towering lily just
hours before it was supposed to be displayed during the
festivities scheduled Friday evening.
Local investigators believe businesses and residents were
forced to display and buy promotional materials as part of the
racketeering scheme.

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