Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
REGGIO CALABRIA

IRA militant nabbed in anti-mafia operation

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Reggio Calabria, March 5 - An Irish Republican
Army (IRA) militant is reportedly among 20 people arrested early
on Tuesday in an operation against the Aquino and Morabito
'Ndrangheta organized crime families, police sources said.
Alleged crime boss Rocco Morabito, son of Giuseppe Morabito
aka U Tiradrittu and several Spanish and Italian businessmen
were also arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy and money
laundering in what police are calling Operation Metropolis.
Agents also seized assets worth 450 million euros.
The IRA allegedly sent the arrested militant to launder
money with the help of Italian organized crime families.
The IRA allegedly first contacted the Neapolitan Camorra
and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta around 2007-2008.
The IRA reportedly has also laundered money through
organized crime elements in Spain.
'Ndrangheta, whose name means 'virtue' or 'heroism' in a
dialectical form of ancient Greek, once dealt mainly in
kidnappings and extortion and fed off the pickings of public
tenders, living in the shadow of its Sicilian cousin.
But it has since expanded throughout Italy, northern
Europe and other countries, where it invests its huge drugs
profits.

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