Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Mayor probed, businessman arrested in 'Ndrangheta operation


Catanzaro, July 3 - The mayor of a small town on the
Calabrian coast was placed under investigation and a prominent
local businessman arrested in a probe into alleged extortion by
the 'Ndrangheta mafia Wednesday.
Badolato Mayor Giuseppe Nicola Parretta is suspected of
helping a local 'Ndrangheta clan, police said.
Prosecutors wanted him arrested along with 25 alleged clan
members but a preliminary hearings judge ruled there was
insufficient evidence of what the official allegedly got from
mobsters in return for his suspected efforts in their favour.
Nautical sector entrepreneur Antonio Ranieri was arrested on
suspicion of getting a Modena firm to hand him the management of
Badolato's port, threatening to unleash a mafia war.
Badolato has earned headlines in recent years because of
efforts to repopulate the town with immigrant farm workers.
The integration has been seen as a successful model for
housing migrants who are often exploited and live in appalling
'Ndrangheta controls swathes of Calabria and, thanks to its
control of the European cocaine trade, has infiltrated the
economies of northern Italy, northern Europe, Canada, Australia
and other countries.
It is now ranked Italy's most powerful mafia, having
overtaken Sicily's Cosa Nostra, and the one hardest to recruit
informants from.

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