Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME JULY 26

Police arrest 51 in major anti-mafia operation in Rome

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Rome July 26 - At least 51 people were arrested
Friday in a major anti-mafia operation in Rome aimed at shutting
down illegal operations up and down the coast around the Italian
capital.
About 500 officers from several law enforcement agencies
were involved, including special forces units in what police say
is one of the largest anti-mafia sweeps in Rome's history.
Key targets included the Fasciani, Triassi and D'Agati
clans, which for approximately 20 years have shared the criminal
spoils of the region, especially along the sea shore, in what
has been dubbed a "pax mafia".
Police say agents of the two clans dealt with land
management, planned murders and kept out rival criminals as they
ran gambling operations, controlled slot machine gaming and
other kinds of beach-related activity.
Entire families within Fasciani clan have been arrested,
including alleged leaders and siblings Carmine, Giuseppe, and
Terenzio Nazarene.
Also arrested were Vito and Vincenzo Triassi who have
lifelong ties with the Sicilian Mafia known as 'Cosa Nostra'.
Charges range from international drug trafficking and
extortion to mafia affiliation.
Police also allege some gang members infiltrated municipal
operations in the beachside town of Ostia, where earlier this
month Rome police conducted raids.
Some of Friday's charges relate to allocation of social
housing managed by the municipality.
Earlier this month, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino removed one
manager and a staff member from the administrative office under
suspicions tied to allegedly granting mafia members prized space
to operate kiosks.
Several Ostia employees were said to be under investigation
for abuse of office and corruption.
Friday's raids included international authorities that
raided the Spanish island of Tenerife which has Triassi
connections.
In a separate anti-mafia operation on Friday Senator Piero
Aiello, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party, was placed under investigation as part of a
mafia probe that led to the arrest of 65 people in the southern
city of Lamezia Terme.
That probe, which also led to the seizure of 200 million
euros worth of assets from five businessmen on Friday, is
centred on alleged crimes linked to the Giampà clan of the
Calabrian-based 'Ndrangheta mafia syndicate.

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