Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Goods valued at 30 million euros seized in Mafia probe


Trapani, April 9 - Authorities on Tuesday said they
seized six companies with property valued at about 30 million
euros from two men allegedly linked to a fugitive Mafia boss.
The companies, controlled by entrepreneurs Francesco Morici
and his son Vincenzo Morici, are believed linked to fugitive
Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, one of the world's 10 most
wanted men.
Authorities, including the tax police, seized 142
properties as well as 36 bank accounts and numerous equity
market investments held by the Morici family in cities across
The companies are allegedly linked to rigged bids that gave
them construction contracts between 2001 and 2005 at the port of
Trapani in western Sicily, to boost tourism.
That included preparations for the Louis Vuitton Cup, a
yachting competition connected with the prestigious America's
Cup event.
The latest seizures come as Italian police have been
tightening the net around Messina Denaro in recent weeks,
seizing assets connected with the fugitive reputed head of the
Sicilian Mafia.
A wave of arrests over recent years have also brought
police closer to the fugitive 50-year-old Agrigento-based boss
Denaro, who took control of Cosa Nostra after the 2006 arrest of
Bernardo Provenzano.
Messina Denaro built up his power base in his native
Trapani before beating Palermo chieftains to become mob kingpin
after "boss of bosses" Provenzano was caught in April 2006.
But police have launched a major counter-offensive,
implementing a 'scorched earth' campaign to try and flush
Messina Denaro out, arresting scores of his underlings and
seizing million of euros in assets.

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