Organized Crime in Italy
“On December 10th police arrested 61 people in an operation against the ’Ndrangheta, the mafia from Calabria, the toe of Italy.
Police found evidence that Calabrian gangsters settled in Umbria had planned a murder and violently intimidated shopkeepers, builders and others.
Of all Italy’s main organised-crime groups, the ’Ndrangheta has the deepest roots outside the south.
Arrests on December 2nd highlighted a gang that has established close links with local officials and politicians of left and right. Prosecutors call the gang, which is led by a one-eyed former far-right terrorist, Mafia Capitale. Its bosses are known to have had links with established crime syndicates. What is most alarming is the ease with which they suborned officials to win contracts for firms in their sway. Among those accused of taking the gang’s money are a former head of Rome’s waste-management company and a former boss of a big municipal property scheme. But the mobsters also had good relations with several leading members from the centre-left Democratic party (PD). One was arrested.”