Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Police seize assets from Sicilian 'supermarket king'


Catania, May 15 - Police on Wednesday sequestered
hundreds of millions of euros in assets linked to a disgraced
businessman known as Sicily's 'supermarket king'.
Sebastiano Scuto was sentenced by an appeals court last
month to 12 years in prison for Mafia affiliation.
He was convicted along with former police sergeant Orazio
Castro, who was accused of passing information to the Mafia.
The court heard that Scuto, 72, paid the Laudani clan for
protection and help in expanding his independent supermarket
franchises, which were part of the Despar chain.
Besides the 12-year jail term, it also ordered the
confiscation of all Scuto's property.
Initially, the courts had sentenced Scuto to four years and
eight months in prison, and had ordered just 15% of his goods
Scuto had argued that he was a victim, not a part, of
the Mafia.
Seizures of his property Wednesday were taking place in
five Sicilian cities as well as in Salerno, Reggio Emilia, Monza
and Milan.

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