Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Thirty-seven arrested in Sicilian Mafia sweep

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Palermo, April 8 - Carabinieri police on Monday
arrested 37 people in a major operation against the Sicilian
Mafia.
Suspects include the centre-right mayor of Montelepre,
Giacomo Tinervia.
He faces charges of corruption and extortion-driven
criminal association for allegedly taking a kickback from a
businessman interested in public works contracts and allegedly
acting as intermediary for the payment of protection money.
The operation served to bust what investigators described
as a 'super-clan' based in Camporeale, south of the regional
capital Palermo.
This group was created by a merger between the 'San
Giuseppe Jato' and 'Partinico' clans and was able to assert its
authority over other local criminal gangs, prosecutors believe.
''This investigation has served to confirm the territorial
nature of Cosa Nostra,'' said Palermo prosector Francesco
Messineo.
''The Mafia continues to anchor its organisational
structure to the local territory''.
Sonia Alfano, president of the European Parliament's
Antimafia Committee, hailed the operation as ''one of the most
important anti-Mafia operations in the Palermo province in the
last 20 years''.

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