Title: 'Ndrangheta - Calabria news
puparo - April 12, 2006 03:59 PM (GMT)
double murdercase in feud
Nell’Alto versante ionico catanzarese sono operanti gli Sciumaci, i Pane-Iazzolino (alleati alla cosca Mannolo di Cutro), i Carpino (alleati agli Arena di Isola di Capo Rizzuto) e i Bubbo (alleati alla cosca Coco-Trovato di Cutro).
CADAVERI NEL BOSCO GIUSTIZIATI CON DUE COLPI ALLA NUCA
Arezzo, uccisi per una faida
Le vittime sono due fratelli calabresi appartenenti a una cosca e scomparsi da giorni. I familiari li hanno identificati
Il bosco di Terranuova Bracciolini
dove sono stati trovati i cadaveri
AREZZO. Un’esecuzione. I sospetti si sono trasformati in drammatica realtà. I due uomini trovati nel bosco di Terranuova Bracciolini sono stati uccisi con un colpo di pistola alla nuca. E’ quanto emerge da un primo esame dei due cadaveri: i corpi sono stati recuperati ieri dalla fossa scavata per occultarli. Chi li ha gettati lì dopo averli uccisi ha coperto la buca con calce per evitare che l’odore dei corpi attirasse animali e persone. Ma ha sbagliato qualcosa: ha lasciato sul terreno una lunga scia di sangue; quella striscia di morte che ha permesso a un uomo di insospettirsi e dare l’allarme.
Sempre dai primi accertamenti, in base alle condizioni delle salme, si ritiene che i due si trovassero nella fossa da almeno due giorni. Addosso ai due cadaveri non sono stati trovati documenti. Secondo gli inquirenti le vittime sono due fratelli calabresi scomparsi da giorni: Angelo e Ettore Talarico di 42 e 35 anni. I due sarebbero stati affiliati alla cosca Carpino, contrapposta da tempo a quella dei Bubbo: una faida che ha già provocato una lunga serie di omicidi. Nel tardo pomeriggio di ieri alcuni familiari dei due fratelli hanno riconosciuto le salme Nella fossa sono stati trovati anche alcuni indumenti. E’ emerso che uno dei due cadaveri era a torso nudo.
Non è stato possibile per ora accertare se sui corpi ci siano segni da difesa, essendo sporchi di terriccio e calcina. Si attende l’autopsia per mettere a disposizione degli inquirenti maggiori elementi che potrebbero essere utili alle indagini che fin da domenica sera hanno portato dritto in Calabria. Sul fronte delle indagini, il coordinamento è passato alla Direzione distrettuale antimafia di Firenze: gli investigatori sono dunque orientati a ipotizzare un delitto legato alla criminalità organizzata. Del caso se ne occupa il sostituto procuratore della Dda fiorentina Paolo Canessa, già sostituo procuratore di Firenze che si è occupato tra le varie inchieste anche della vicenda del «mostro di Firenze», che ha partecipato a un lungo sopralluogo nella zona del ritrovamento, insieme al pm aretino Elisabetta Iannelli.
Canessa successivamente ha raggiunto la caserma dei carabinieri di Terranuova e poi è rientrato a Firenze per fare il punto delle indagini e rapportarsi anche con i colleghi calabresi della Dda. Tra le ipotesi c’è anche quella che i due uomini siano stati uccisi vicino al luogo dove sono stati ritrovati: le tracce ematiche lungo il sentiero vicino a dove è stata trovata la fossa testimonierebbero una perdita copiosa di sangue, particolare meno compatibile con l’ipotesi che i due siano morti altrove e poi portati nel bosco.
Si ipotizza, inoltre, che i due siano stati attirati nel luogo del rinvenimento dei cadaveri: si tratta di una zona isolata, non facilmente raggiungibile se non si conosce bene il territorio. Sembra inoltre che la buca fosse stata preparata: sono state rilevate tracce sul terreno di uno scavo con un badile. La buca è stata poi ricoperta anche con calce viva, oltre che con terriccio. Nella fossa è stato trovato un giubbotto insanguinato. Riguardo alla scomparsa dei due fratelli calabresi, sulla quale sono in corso accertamenti paralleli alla scoperta dei cadaveri, l’ultima volta sarebbero stati visti venerdì sera a cena.
La loro auto è stata trovata vicino alla casa di San Giovanni Valdarno dove da circa un anno vivevano: si erano trasferiti in Toscana per lavoro. In casa sarebbero stati trovati i loro documenti d’identità. Proseguono parallelamente, da parte dei carabinieri, gli accertamenti sulla scomparsa di due fratelli, Angelo ed Ettore Talarico, 42 e 35 anni, originari della provincia di Catanzaro. Come detto non hanno più dato loro notizie ai familiari, con cui sembra si sentissero invece più volte al giorno.
La loro scomparsa è stata denunciata dalle mogli e una delle denunce è stata presentata ai carabinieri di San Giovanni Valdarno. La coincidenza temporale fra la denuncia di scomparsa e il ritrovamento dei due cadaveri ha fatto scattare accertamenti da parte dei carabinieri. Oggi la verità dall’autopsia e dal riconoscimento o meno dei familiari.
Carmelo - April 12, 2006 08:40 PM (GMT)
TWO BROTHERS MURDERED FOR ‘NDRANGHETA FEUD IN TUSCANY
AREZZO – The ‘Ndrangheta feud comes back to Tuscany region, in the civil middle Italy. The calabrian brothers Angelo Talarico, 42, and Ettore Talarico, 35, who disappeared some days ago, were found shot in a hole and buried with quicklime. They were from Catanzaro province, and emigrated to Tuscany some months ago working as bricklayers in San Giovanni Valdarno village, Arezzo province. According to police they were members of a ‘Ndrangheta “family” and left Calabria in order to avoid mafia revenges, but the ‘Ndrangheta cells in Tuscany found and killed them. The mafia infiltration in Tuscany started at about the ending of 1800s when a sicilian mafia crew was active in Florence, but increased heavily after 1970s; according to Italian DIA nowadays there are about 15 Cosa Nostra groups, 10 ‘Ndrangheta groups, and 4 Camorra groups active in Tuscany.
Hollander - April 13, 2006 09:31 AM (GMT)
LATITANTE IN SILA, ARRESTATO IL BOSS ARENA
(AGI) - Catanzaro, 13 apr. - Giuseppe Arena, di 40 anni, indicato dagli inquirenti come capo della cosca omonima di Isola Capo Rizzuto (Crotone), e Francesco Gentile, 47 anni, considerato il suo braccio destro, sono stati arrestati questa notte nel corso di una operazione compiuta dai carabinieri del comando provinciale di Catanzaro supportati dagli uomini dello squadrone "Cacciatori". L'arresto e' avvenuto nei dintorni di Sorbo San Basile, nell'area della Sila catanzarese. Gli arrestati erano sfuggiti il 28 febbraio scorso all'operazione "Revenge" della polizia di stato e sono accusati di associazione per delinquere di tipo mafioso. L'operazione "Revenge" aveva disarticolato il clan dei "Gaglianesi", attivo a Catanzaro, ed i loro collegamenti con la "famiglia" di Isola Capo Rizzuto. Arena e Gentile erano in un'azienda agricola. All'operazione hanno partecipato un centinaio di militari. (AGI)
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Hollander - April 14, 2006 10:32 PM (GMT)
'NDRANGHETA: FUGITIVE IN SILA, BOSS ARENA ARRESTED
(AGI) - Catanzaro, April 13 - Giuseppe Arena, 40, indicated by investigators as the head of the mafia clan by the same name, of Isola Capo Rizzuto (Crotone), and Francesco Gentile, 47, considered as his right-hand man, were arrested over the night as part of an operation carried out by Carabinieri of the provincial command of Catanzaro with the support of officers from the "Cacciatori" ("Hunters") squad. The arrest occurred near Sorbo San Basile, in the area around Sila, near Catanzaro. The men arrested had escaped on February 28 from the "Revenge" operation conducted by state police, and are accused of mafia-related criminal association. The "Revenge" operation had routed the "Gaglianesi" clan active in the Catanzaro area, and their connections with the "family" of Isola Capo Rizzuto. Arena and Gentile were found on a farm. Around one hundred soldiers participated in the operation.
'NDRANGHETA: BOSS ASKED FOR PICTURE FROM POLICE
(AGI) - Catanzaro, April 13 - When the police raided the country "chalet" where 40-year old Giuseppe Arena, head of the Arena clan of Isola Capo Rizzuto (Kr), was hiding, he was smoking a cigarette on the terrace while his second-in-command, Francesco Gentile, 47, watched television. He congratulated the police for the operation, and asked for a photo with them. The two did not resist arrest. (AGI) .
moribundo - April 16, 2006 09:12 AM (GMT)
Hollander - April 19, 2006 08:33 AM (GMT)
FORTUGNO: SUSPECTS TO REMAIN IN GAOL
(AGI) - Reggio Calabria, April 18 - Reggio Calabria court has rejected the appeals made by the lawyers of Domenico Novella, Salvatore Ritorto and Domenico Audino, who were gaoled by operation "Rainbow" on 21 March, believed to have been involved the murder of vice president of Calabria Region, Francesco Fortugno. The court decided however that Carmelo Dessi' had nothing to do with the murder of 16 October but the man has however remained in gaol accused of Mafia association. The court last Friday held its last hearing, announcing the decision for this morning.
Hollander - May 9, 2006 08:14 AM (GMT)
'NDRANGHETA: ARRESTATI 3 ESPONENTI CLAN MANCUSO
(AGI) - Vibo Valentia, 9 mag. - Tre esponenti di spicco del clan Mancuso di Limbadi, sono stati arrestati dalla squadra mobile della questura di Vibo Valentia diretta da Rodolfo Ruperti, su ordinanza del Gip distrettuale Mellace di Catanzaro, per reati che vanno dall'estorsione all'usura, alla detenzione illecita di armi e alle minacce di un testimone nel processo dell'imprenditore Ceravolo.
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puparo - May 12, 2006 10:57 PM (GMT)
Cassandro - June 8, 2006 12:19 PM (GMT)
Move over, Cosa NostraPublic bloodbaths, assassinations, brutal feuds - the Calabrian mob 'Ndrangheta is bigger, more deep-rooted and more powerful than the Mafia. John Hooper on a new, globalised brand of Italian organised crime.Thursday June 8, 2006
The Guardian Relatives mourn the death of Salvatore Valente, an alleged 'Ndrangheta boss, shot dead in the street by a hit squad six years ago in Strongoli. Photograph: Antonino D'Urso/AP
Sunlight dapples the little piazza in the centre of Bianco, a downmarket resort on the east coast of Calabria, the "toe" of Italy. From the tables outside a cafe comes the unmistakeable, nasal twang of estuary English. "... very excited," says a woman's voice. Then comes a man's: "... mortgage ... once you've signed ... place of your own in the sun."
Less than 20 paces away, stuck to a wall on the way to the beach, there is a death notice of the sort you encounter throughout southern Europe. The text underneath a black cross notes that one Enzo Cotroneo is "missing from the affection of his loved ones". It omits to say that he died in a midnight ambush just a few days earlier.
Cotroneo, the striker of the local football team, was driving his VW Golf down a wooded lane just outside Bianco when another car forced him over. Carabinieri say at least three people were involved in shooting him dead.
On the morning after he met his bloody end, Cotroneo was meant to have been at an appointment with detectives investigating the slaying of a prominent regional politician, Francesco Fortugno.
Fortugno, the deputy speaker of the regional parliament, was shot dead last October 16 as he walked into the town hall of nearby Locri. The killer, dressed in black and with his face obscured by a cap, followed him into the building and put five bullets into him before fleeing to a waiting car. The assassination was the 23rd murder in or around Locri in just 14 months; Cotroneo may have known something about the men who carried it out; his subsequent murder ensured he would never talk.
Visiting Calabria after the assassination of Fortugno, Italy's then interior minister blamed it on the local mafia, the 'Ndrangheta, which he said was "the most deep-rooted, the most powerful and the most aggressive of [Italy's] criminal organisations".
Just pause to consider that remark. We are talking about the homeland of the Mafia - Sicily's Cosa Nostra. Are the Italian authorities really saying that a criminal fraternity few people have heard of (and the name of which even fewer could pronounce) is now more of a threat than the world's most fabled "mob"?
Behind his desk at the National Antimafia Directorate on the cobbled Via Giulia, in the heart of Rome's historic centre, Enzo Macri gives a sigh. "We've been saying it for years," he says. Macri, himself a Calabrian, is the prosecutor colleagues say understands the 'Ndrangheta better than anyone.
Cosa Nostra, perhaps because of its links to the United States, and in no small measure because of the Godfather books and films, continues to exercise an irresistible fascination. It was demonstrated most recently by the publicity given to the arrest of its "boss of bosses", Bernardo Provenzano.
But the evidence suggests that, while the Sicilian Mafia, like the US Mafia, has been fading to a shadow of its former self, the little-known 'Ndrangheta (pronounced "en-drang-ay-ta") has been taking over as Italy's true public enemy number one and has become a criminal empire with global clout.
For a start, it is bigger than the Mafia. Most estimates put its strength at 6,000-7,000 men against 5,000 for Sicily's Cosa Nostra. But Nicola Gratteri, a prosecutor who has specialised in tracing the Calabrian syndicate's international ramifications, reckons the figure for the 'Ndrangheta is an underestimate. "Altogether in the world, I would say it has maybe 10,000 members," he says at his office in the regional capital, Reggio Calabria.
As with the Mafia, the 'Ndrangheta's tentacles have spread thanks to emigration from Italy. In the period running up to 1925, dirt-poor Calabria lost more of its population than Sicily and more indeed than all but two of Italy's 20 regions. There was another massive outflow of Calabrians after the second world war, with the result that there are large communities of Calabrian descent - and remote outposts of the 'Ndrangheta - in Latin America, Canada and Australia.
The links with Latin America have proved particularly important, for they have helped the 'Ndrangheta to become a leading player in the global cocaine trade. Gratteri estimates that 80% of the cocaine entering Europe today is brought in by Calabrian mobsters. "The 'Ndrangheta," says Macri, "represents the globalisation of Italian organised crime."
Despite the 'Ndrangheta's new-found international prominence, its origins, as with all Italy's organised crime syndicates, remain obscure. Its name, like many dialect terms in Calabria, seems to be of Greek origin. It has been variously translated as referring to courage, loyalty and nobility.
According to the FBI, the 'Ndrangheta was formed in the 1860s by a band of Sicilians exiled from their native island - an explanation that could mean the organisation grew out of the original Mafia. At all events, court documents in the latter part of the 19th century increasingly reflected the existence of organised gangs in and around the main centres of population, and in 1888 the prefect of Reggio Calabria received a letter from an anonymous informant alerting him to the presence of "a sect that fears nothing".
For almost a century, the'Ndrangheta remained a local phenomenon - an evil, but essentially containable brew of rural banditry, urban racketeering and extortion. Then, in 1975, the murder of a local godfather at Locri signalled the beginning of a gang war that would transform the organisation at the cost of some 300 lives.
A young, rebellious and ultimately successful faction aspired to more profitable activities, notably the kidnapping of northern Italian businessmen. Their luckless victims were brought back to Aspromonte, the uplands that form the rocky, rugged heart of Calabria, and hidden in caves until their families or firms could get together the ransom. The profits were immense. Looking around for something in which to reinvest their new-found fortunes, the 'ndrine, or clans, of the eastern, Ionian coast hit upon narcotics. "They had the means with which to buy heroin from the Turks, hashish from the Moroccans and a variety of drugs and arms in the Lebanon," says Gratteri. "Then, at the start of the 1990s, there was a fundamental shift in the drugs market. Largely because of Aids, there was a sharp drop in the demand for heroin, which was accompanied by an equal sharp increase in rise in the demand for cocaine."
At first, the 'Ndrangheta gangs bought most of their cocaine from the then more powerful and pervasive Cosa Nostra, which already had links with the Colombian cartels. But it was not long before they were trading directly with the Latin Americans and by the end of the 1990s, the 'Ndrangheta had a network of local representatives established in Colombia.
"The Colombians prefer to deal with the Calabrians," says Macri. "They are much more reliable. They don't talk. And they pay on time."
In more than one respect, indeed, the 'Ndrangheta resembles the Sicilian Mafia as it once was. It is murderously querulous. The socalled second 'Ndrangheta war of 1985-91 cost more than 700 lives. Disputes even within small 'clans' can lead to public bloodbaths of a kind the Sicilian Mafia nowadays does its best to avoid. Six years ago, at the height of a dispute over control of the local drugs trade, a hit squad armed with pistols and a Kalashnikov cut down three alleged members of a rival faction, including 'Ndrangheta boss Salvatore Valente, 39, in the village of Strongoli near Crotone. A 73-yearold pensioner sitting on a bench was shot and killed in the crossfire of a three-way shootout in which a Carabiniere officer was also injured.
At the same time, the 'Ndrangheta is punctilious in its observance of old-fashioned underworld values. Just how old-fashioned those values can be was underscored in March with the arrest of the nephew of Giuseppe Morabito, known as Peppe Tiradritto (Joe Go-ahead), allegedly one of the syndicate's most feared godfathers. This nephew, Giovanni Morabito, gave himself up, admitting he had just shot and hideously wounded his sister, who was separated from her husband, after discovering that she was pregnant by another man. Bruna Morabito, who was shot in the face, was last reported by her doctors to have emerged from a coma but was only able to respond to them with nods.
This brutal, old-fashioned code of conduct has made combating this new mafia extremely difficult. The 'Ndrangheta, an exasperated Florida district attorney once said, is "invisible, like the dark side of the moon". Of all Italy's organised criminal groups, it has proved the most difficult to understand, let alone penetrate.
Like the others, it is known to initiate its members with rituals that vary from clan to clan and are meant to bind them to silence for life. As with the others, it has a system of ranks which in the case of some 'ndrine have a distinctly blasphemous ring: one of the most senior posts is that of Vangelo ("Gospel").
But whereas the Sicilian Mafia, the Neapolitan Camorra and the Sacra Corona Unità in Puglia are made up of "families" or "clans" that are really just gangs in which there is no need for the members to be related, the 'Ndrangheta is held together almost entirely by actual blood relationships. Most of its 'ndrine consist of extended families, often linked by marriage to form bigger units known as locali. "'Ndrangheta families have often arranged weddings to solder the links between them," says Gratteri. "There are families that have intermarried as many as four times in the 20th century."
Sons are not just expected, but in most cases required, to follow their fathers into the family business, receiving - sometimes at birth - the title of Giovane d'onore (young man of honour).
The overlap between criminal and family loyalties has made the 'Ndrangheta peculiarly impervious to the sharpest weapon in the Italian state's anti-mob armoury. Legislation introduced by the Italian government in the early 1990s made it easier for Mafiosi to turn state's evidence and become so-called pentiti (literally, penitents). The new arrangements have wrought havoc in the ranks of Cosa Nostra, but scarcely bruised the 'Ndrangheta. "A Calabrian mobster considering turning state's evidence has to come to terms with betraying maybe 200 of his relatives," says Gratteri.
"There have been 'Ndrangheta pentiti," says Macri. "But we have never had a boss turn state's evidence; they have always been low- to medium-ranking mobsters."
Another factor protecting the organisation is its structure, or lack of one. "Cosa Nostra is a pyramid," says Macri. "Cut off the top of the pyramid by arresting its leader and it has big problems. In Calabria, on the other hand, what you have is a federation. There are moments when some of the elements in the federation will come together, but it is more than anything for purposes of coordination. The 'Ndrangheta cannot be beheaded."
The Italian authorities reckon that the new mafia's turnover - estimated at €35bn (£24bn) a year - surpasses that of the entire annual output of Calabria's legal economy. But while there are rather more expensive cars than you might expect on the Ionian coast towns' potholed streets, there is scant evidence of the cash that is known to be flowing into Italy's poorest region. "In Calabria, there are billionaires who live like paupers," says Macri. "The young drug couriers make a show of their wealth. They wear Rolexes and drive BMWs. But the more senior members of the 'Ndrangheta, who are on the run, often live in caves in the mountains in conditions of genuine hardship."
"When they go up to Milan or abroad, the 'Ndrangheta families live it up," says Gratteri. "But back in Calabria they go to great lengths to disguise their wealth. I have been to houses that are not even painted on the outside, but which, inside, have onyx floors and antique furniture."
The Italian authorities have been remarkably sluggish in their reaction to the 'Ndrangheta, but then Calabria is poor, lacking in influence and a long way from Rome. "We have the richest and best-organised mafia in Italy and we're trying to tackle it without proper resources," says Nuccio Iovene, a senator for the formerly communist Left Democrats. "It's like Russia."
In the mob-ridden town of Lamezia Terme, he says, police patrols have had to be reduced to save petrol. "The police cars are in such bad condition that during a recent chase one of them caught fire."
The way the judiciary is organised does not help either. After they qualify, Italian judges and prosecutors are given their choice of postings. Those who come top in their exams get the first choice and those who finish near the bottom get whatever is left. "That's usually Calabria," says Senator Iovene. "It's considered a hardship post. So the moment they arrive, they put in a request to be transferred elsewhere. When Francesco Fortugno was killed, in Locri, a hotbed of 'Ndrangheta activity, the magistrate with the longest experience had been in the job for only six months." Fortugno's assassination - in the dying months of Silvio Berlusconi's government - finally jolted the state into action, however. The interior minister came down from Rome, as already mentioned, and announced a series of special measures.
But the murder also put a huge question mark over the future. There are signs that the 'Ndrangheta shrewdly anticipated Berlusconi's fall and began to shift the votes it controls to the left. At a regional election in April 2005, almost two-thirds of Calabria's electors voted for Romano Prodi's centre-left alliance, which took power nationally last month. Fortugno, a doctor, was a Prodi man. His assassination is thought to have something to do with the 'Ndrangheta's efforts to penetrate the local health authority. But there are some who fear it was also a way of sending a message to the people they expected to form Italy's new government.
The 'Ndrangheta has an unusually keen interest in politics at the moment, because of the plan to build a bridge over the straits of Messina to link Sicily with the Calabrian mainland. It stands to cream off millions of euros from the contracts that would be awarded.
Berlusconi's government wanted the bridge to be built. Prodi's team is split on the issue, partly because of fears that it could prove a bonanza for southern Italy's mobsters. "By killing Fortugno," says an investigator who has asked not to be identified, "they may have been sending a message to the centre-left: 'We have given you our votes. Now, we expect results'".Email
Carmelo - June 13, 2006 09:24 AM (GMT)
CALABRIA: ANTI-MAFIA FARMER KILLED BY 'NDRANGHETA
VIBO VALENTIA - Feedele Scarcella, 71, owner of several country enterprises in Calabria, was found shot and burned inside his car near Vibo Valentia on June 11th 2006. Scarcella in 1998 denounced some members of Piromalli "family" from Gioia Tauro who asked him money for protection, the so-called "pizzo". After several attacks against him and his properties, the italian government introduced him inside witness program. Left alone in the last months, yesterday he was finally killed by the 'Ndrangheta. The Scarcella's murder shows how the State has been defeated again in Calabria this month. On June 2nd 2006 the owners of restaurant "Valantain", located in Villa San Giovanni village, closed the local and left Calabria after 29 'Ndrangheta attacks because they refused to pay the "pizzo".
Carmelo - June 13, 2006 09:28 AM (GMT)
P.S. concerning the "Guardian" report I think it's better not underestimate Cosa Nostra because its political connections are bigger than 'Ndrangheta ones, I think nowadays they have the same power, it's impossible to know who's the most or less powerful
Hollander - June 22, 2006 02:10 PM (GMT)
DDA: FORTUGNO HINDERED 'NDRANGHETA POLITICAL-BUSINESS PROJECT
(AGI) - Reggio Calabria, June 22 - Alessandro Marciano' apparently green-lighted the killing of Calabria regional assembly deputy president Francesco Fortugno (member of the DL party, killed on 16 Oct 2005 in Locri), giving the 'mandate' "to Salvatore Ritorto, who acted with Giuseppe Marciano', Domenico Novella and Domenico Audino. The reason of Fortugno's killing is to be seen in the fact that he hindered the 'ndrangheta project to extend their politica-businnes project in the area", said Reggio Calabria DA attorney-general Antonino Catanese at a press conference. The same words are included in the press statement briefing operation Arcobaleno 2, which led to the arrest of Alessandro Marciano', who works at the Locri hospital, and his son Giuseppe. At the press conference, Catanese did not mention the name of the politician whom Alessandro Marciano' helped in the regional electoral campaign, even because there are no judicial proceedings against him. In any case, Giuseppe Marciano' had previously collaborated with Domenico Crea, outgoing regional councillor in 2005, who ran again with the DL and, first of the non-elected, replaced Fortugno after his killing. According to DA Catanese, the declarations of 'turncoats' Bruno Piccolo and Domenico Novella, deemed "extremely reliable", proved crucial in leading to the arrest. According to news provided by the Reggio DA, the Cordi' clan apparently isn't involved directly, in fact, no judicial proceedings have been taken against them, even though the killers are thought to have some links with the most powerful 'ndrangheta mobsters of Locri. (AGI) .
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Hollander - June 23, 2006 04:17 PM (GMT)
Twee maffiosi in Nederland gearresteerd
ROTTERDAM - De Nationale Recherche heeft twee internationaal gezochte Italiaanse criminelen aangehouden, die behoren tot de ‘Ndrangeta, een uiterst gewelddadige tak van de maffia die in de Zuid-Italiaanse provincie Calabrië opereert. Dit heeft een woordvoerder van het landelijk parket van het Openbaar Ministerie vrijdag bekendgemaakt.
De twee mannen (35 en 39 jaar oud) werden woensdagavond opgepakt in Amsterdam en Rotterdam. Zij verbleven vermoedelijk al langere tijd in Nederland.
De 35-jarige man is in 2003 in Italië bij verstek veroordeeld tot een gevangenisstraf van 17 jaar wegens moord. Het slachtoffer in die zaak werd in 1995 met drie kogels gedood omdat hij niet had betaald voor 200 gram cannabis. De 39-jarige man wordt door de Italiaanse justitie gezocht in verband met grootschalige handel in cocaïne.
Italië heeft om uitlevering van het duo gevraagd.
GangstersInc - June 25, 2006 11:54 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Hollander @ Jun 23 2006, 05:17 PM)|
| Twee maffiosi in Nederland gearresteerd|
Dutch police have arrested two internationally wanted Italian criminals, who are members of the 'Ndrangheta. The two men, 35 and 39 years old, were arrested Wednesday evening in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. They are suspected of having been in Holland for a longer period of time.
The 35 year old man was sentenced in absentia in 2003 to 17 years in prison for murder. The victim in that case was murdered in 1995 with three bullets because he hadnt paid for 200 grams of cannabis. The 39 y. old man was wanted in connection with large scale cocaine trafficking.
Italy has asked Holland to extradite the two men.
puparo - July 14, 2006 09:21 PM (GMT)
found me a fat one!!
this one i had and knew:
In 1967 was in Locri the mafioso Domenico Cordi killed, his brother Antonio was an important capo while their brother Cosimo was convicted and sentenced for murder.
this one i just found, seemed 2 others were also killed and Tiradritto was the suspect:
Era il 23 giugno del 1967 quando in piazza Mercato, a Locri, vennero assassinati il boss Domenico Cordì insieme a Carmelo Siciliani e Vincenzo Saraceno. Scopo del massacro: punire Cordì per aver commerciato, a titolo personale, un carico di sigarette di contrabbando, traffico nel quale la cosca Morabito rivestiva all’epoca un ruolo di preminenza. Le indagini puntarono subito su Tiradritto, che solo quattro anni più tardi, nel 1971 venne assolto per insufficienza di prove.
Hollander - July 19, 2006 09:23 AM (GMT)
Vibo Valentia, 10:49
'NDRANGHETA: ARRESTATO IL LATITANTE LEONE SORIANO
Un latitante, Leone Soriano, 40 anni, indicato dagli inquirenti come elemento di spicco dell'omonima cosca di Filandari (Vv), e' stato arrestato dai Carabinieri. L'uomo, che deve espiare alcuni anni di carcere, e' stato rintracciato nelle campagna della frazione Pizzinni del centro in cui risiede. Per le 11,30 e' in programma un incontro con i giornalisti nella sede del comando provinciale dell'Arma.
Hollander - July 26, 2006 08:59 AM (GMT)
'NDRANGHETA: INTERNATIONAL COCAINE TRAFFIC, 6 ARRESTS
(AGI) - Catanzaro, Jul 25 - The 'Ndrangheta had established a European group involved in the international trafficking of narcotics, operating in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It was a well-organised operation which was sniffed out by the GOA, the narcotics division of the Finance Guard of Catanzaro, who caught 6 important members of the Calabrese criminal organisation. Antonio Ascone, Gioacchino Bonarrigo, Francesco Strangio, Giancarlo Polifroni, Calogero Antonio Costadura and Bruno Pizzata were arrested. According to the investigations, it was they that controlled an impressive trade of narcotics between South America and Europe. The six criminals had been hiding out in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. They had been issued arrest warrants ordered by the Reggio Calabria, Catania and Sassari prosecutors' offices, charging them of criminal association with the aim of trafficking narcotics as well as murder. General Piccinni said, "They weren't just wanted criminals trying to avoid being captured. They continued to have an important role in the international drug traffic." The six men arrested were involved in just as many operations which, between 1999 and 2005, involved the trading of about 2 tonnes of narcotics. In the inquiries known as "Trina", "Anje", "Timpano", "Nasca", "Super Gordo" and "Borsalino", the Finance Guard confiscared 110kg of cocaine, 80kg of heroin, about 400,000 euros cash and 100,000 euros in bank accounts, reporting 385 people for trafficking and complicity in the international trafficking of narcotics and arresting 171 people, of which 47 were caught in the act. The criminals were found and arrested after 2 years of inquiries, which were carried out thanks to the cooperation with the police forces of the three European countries and with the central entities of the Finance Guard's Scico, the National Anti-Mafia Office and the Anti-Narcotics Services Central Office. The six criminals were arrested individually and the operation covertly to avoid the detection of the police operation by the criminal organisation.
Hollander - August 26, 2006 09:50 AM (GMT)
'NDRANGHETA: ARRESTATO LATITANTE A REGGIO CALABRIA
(AGI) - Reggio Calabria, 26 ago - Un ricercato per associazione mafiosa, Demetrio Lo Giudice, 41 anni, e' stato arrestato la scorsa notte dalla Squadra Mobile della Questura di Reggio Calabria. L'uomo, che era latitante da due anni, e' stato bloccato in una villetta di un lussuoso residence di San Lorenzo Marina, centro balneare della fascia ionica. Demetrio Lo Giudice, detto " u boi", era rimasto coinvolto nell'operazione "Eremo" che aveva portato allo smantellamento di una gang dedita alle estorsioni. Secondo l'indagine, Lo Giudice, dopo l'uccisione del boss Mario Audino, avvenuta nel 2003, aveva preso il comando della locale di 'ndrangheta di San Giovannello, rione dell'immediata periferia nord della citta' dello Stretto.
'NDRANGHETA: DANGEROUS FUGITIVE NOW UNDER ARREST
(AGI) - Gioia Tauro (Reggio Calabria), 24 August - The 27 year-old Michele Ascone was arrested last night, but the news of his arrest were divulged only today. He had an order of provisional custody pending on him which had been issued by the Public Prosecutor's Office of Catania for the accusation of illegal import, acquisition, transport, commerce and possession of drugs, with the aggravating circumstance of having coordinated the criminal activities. The arrest took place after a long investigation carried out by the officers of Gioia Tauro and Polistena police stations. The fugitive was found in the house of his 46 year-old mother, Carmela Fiumara, who lives in the contrada Carozzo of Rosarno. The Ascone family is supposed to be linked to the well-known Bellocco gang and is considered to be one of the leading families, particularly in the drug trafficking from South-East Asia and South America. Apart from the drugs offence, Ascone had already been arrested for dealing in arms, robbery, kidnapping, extortion, theft, receiving of stolen goods, aggression and evasion. The young man had inherited the criminal activity from his father, who had died on the run in Holland.
Hollander - August 31, 2006 12:30 PM (GMT)
Mafia associate saw family's throats cut
NICK PISA IN ROME
MAFIA hitmen forced their victim to watch his wife and teenage son having their throats cut and being shot dead before he was fatally injured.
Angelo Cottarelli, 56, a businessman, and his wife Marzenne, 41, and son Luca, 17, were targeted after he double-crossed the Mafia in a deal over prostitutes for nightclubs.
The murders took place in the basement of the family home in Brescia, northern Italy. Mr Cottarelli died an hour after being taken to hospital.
Officers working on the case said Mr Cottarelli had been dealing with the Calabrian Mafia and in particular the Piromalli-Mole clan, who are based in the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria.
The ferocity of the killings shocked the country, especially as two of the victims were a woman and child - traditionally left out of vendettas.
Neighbours reported seeing three unidentified well-dressed men entering the house just after 8am, all of them carrying cases.
Mr Cottarelli's business partner later called at the house to find out why he was late for an appointment.
He found the door ajar and as he searched the house he found Mr Cottarelli dying in a pool of blood. Paramedics and police were called.
A police spokesman confirmed that his wife and son had both died after being tied up and having their throats cut and shot twice in the head.
He added: "Angelo Cottarelli was made to watch his wife and son executed before he was also knifed several times, but it took him four hours to die.
"He had his throat cut and when found he was bleeding to death."
Police sources said that Mr Cottarelli had been involved in bringing women from eastern Europe into Italy to work at nightclubs in Milan and Lake Garda.
moribundo - September 5, 2006 12:54 AM (GMT)
@pup, carmelo, .... everyone
does anybody know anything about a organization Panucci????
not shure if Ndrangheta or Sacra Corona Unita or Free Lance
if clan, borgata, single persons, borgata members......
Only know they were involved in coke trade in ca. 2001
connections to colombia
Thankful for every little piece of info or idea where to search..........etc etc.
Carmelo - September 5, 2006 09:21 PM (GMT)
Are you sure the name is Panucci? because I know about the Pannunzi, father and son, who are international drug dealers linked either with Cosa Nostra and 'Ndrangheta
moribundo - September 8, 2006 02:06 PM (GMT)
i don´t know
i just have little mentionings in reports about the case of the "privilege":
the mejia-munera deal with the albanians 2001
mentionings like this: "La organización italiana de los Panucci contribuyó en la financiación del buque a cambio de recibir parte de la sustancia. "
in other infos say the albanians cooperated with pugliese smugglers in this deal. but there are also close relationsships between the Mejia-Munera (los mellizos) organization and the Ndrangheta (f.e Renato Zappa!!!!!!)
so i´m not shure
it could be the Pannunzi
What do you know about them?
Do they have coca-connections??
gracias y saludos
Carmelo - September 8, 2006 06:38 PM (GMT)
The Pannunzi's are big international dealers they are involved especially in cocaine trafficking, they live in Rome and they are linked with sicilians and calabrians; they were nabbed in 2004 I think
GangstersInc - September 19, 2006 04:19 PM (GMT)
Today: September 19, 2006 at 7:40:10 PDT
Scores Arrested in Italian Mob Crackdown
ROME (AP) - Police have arrested scores of people in a crackdown on organized crime in southern Italy, including on clans that had a grip on the local tourist industry, authorities said Tuesday.
The overnight sweep was conducted in area of Vibo Valentia, a small town in the region located in the toe of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula, police said in a statement.
The Apcom news agency said 35 people were arrested and six were being sought.
The alleged mobsters systematically extorted money from operators of sea resorts in Tropea, a village on Italy's west coast, police said. Other charges included criminal association, usury and illegal weapons possession.
The raids targeted clans of the local 'ndrangheta crime association, which is the Mafia equivalent in the region.
puparo - October 3, 2006 12:46 AM (GMT)
Montana or somebody else ???
does somebody know the name of the man Basile killed in Holland???
does seem to remembr it was his best friend:http://rhein-zeitung.de/on/99/02/08/topnews/mafia.html
puparo - October 3, 2006 11:14 AM (GMT)
already know the name it was Domenico "mimmo"Sanfilippo who was killed by basile in Holland
this clan was very strong in Germany represented
puparo - October 4, 2006 10:52 AM (GMT)
also intresting in Giorgio Basile's story is the prisonoutbreak in 1980 in which he and is men freed Arcangelo maglio
That same year 1980 escaped also from Wuppertal prison Branislaw Saranovic when his friends blew up the prisonwall. Branislaw and his brother Slobodan extorted protectionmoney and were in gambling an drugs
so i guess that in 1980 one time the prisonwalls were blown up (i can't imagine that happening 2 times in a year)
and that several men escaped
some body knows some more on the 1980 wuppertal prisonoutbreak???????????
puparo - October 5, 2006 11:57 PM (GMT)
San Sperato (RC) family Serraino (Imerti supporters who suffered heavy, i think i have about 5 or 6 Serraino familymembers in the files as being killed) intermarried with Di Giovine family (active in North Italy in drugs, center Milan)
now we know DiGiovine and his rockets bough from the dutchman
Now Serriano family had an alliance with Rosmini from Sant Anna (RC) and Nicolo family. Their enemies were the Latella family from Ravagnese intermarried with Ficara.
Now in their feuds cars got blown up with bazookas and rocketlaunchers because everybody travelled by bullletproof cars because of the continious killings
afterwarth the drivers got finished with kalashnikovs
(normally your bulletproof vest won't stand the bullets from the kalashnikov and otherwise you will probably be killed by the impact of the bullets)
but yeah when they also aim for your face
The calabria war was very bloody
puparo - October 6, 2006 11:17 AM (GMT)
still ask myself if they are (zingari) gypsies (Abbruzzese doesn't sound like a sinti or roma name) or (nomadi) trailer people (which i believe more):
Notizia n° | 1755 |
Città ~ Cassano allo Jonio data ~ 09/04/2004 Sez. ~ Cronaca
"Il pinguino" finisce in manette
Sequestrata anche l'abitazione di Celestino Abbruzzese, considerato il capo degli "zingari"
Arrestato Luigi Abbruzzese, accusato degli omicidi di Benedetto e Madio. I magistrati distrettuali antimafia di Catanzaro, vogliono chiudere il cerchio, al più presto, attorno alla spirale di morte e violenza che negli ultimi tempi sta insanguinando la città delle terme. E' in questa direzione che s'inquadra l'arresto, avvenuto nella serata di martedì scorso, del cassanese Luigi Abbruzzese, 28 anni, accusato dal sostituto procuratore della Dda Vincenzo Luberto, di associazione mafiosa nonché degli omicidi di Sergio Benedetto e Fioravante Madio e del tentato omicidio di Rocco Milito, avvenuti nella frazione Lauropoli di Cassano il 15 giugno del 2003. L'ordine di arresto è stato eseguito dai carabinieri del Ros e dai colleghi della compagnia di Corigliano. Per i magistrati della procura distrettuale antimafia di Catanzaro "pinguino", questo è il soprannome di Luigi Abbruzzese, fa parte dell'organizzazione mafiosa capeggiata da Celestino Abbruzzese, 57 anni, che insieme ad altri presunti componenti l'organizzazione venne tratto in arresto il 24 giugno dello scorso anno nella operazione denominata "Lauro". Oltre all'arresto di Luigi Abbruzzese, i militari dell'arma hanno posto sotto sequestro l'abitazione di Celestino Abbruzzese, considerato il capo del gruppo mafioso degli "zingari" operante nell'area di Cassano Jonio; l'immobile ubicato nel rione Timpone Rosso della frazione Lauropoli, è realizzato su tre piani e distinto in cinque appartamenti per un valore di circa 600.000 euro. Gli inquirenti sono convinti che con l'arresto di Luigi Abbruzzese, le indagini rivolte a smantellare l'associazione criminale formata dagli zingari, sia conclusa, tenuto conto del fatto che tutti i componenti si trovano in carcere. Ma quale era il ruolo e la potenza del clan degli "zingari" nel panorama criminale della Sibaritide? I "rom" avevano cercato in tutti i modi di salire alla ribalta della scena criminale della Piana di Sibari all'indomani della sanguinosa faida che ha visto contrapposti i gruppi guidati da Santo Carelli da una parte e da Leonardo Portoraro dall'altra, ma, soprattutto, chi spinse gli "zingari" ad osare furono i tanti provvedimenti restrittivi eseguiti all'alba del 1° luglio 1995 nell'ambito della famosa operazione "galassia". Nella fase iniziale i rom hanno cercato di organizzarsi, cercando di poter contare su un numero di affiliati abbastanza consistenti, ma è stato negli ultimi due anni che l'organizzazione era passata decisamente all'attacco. Il primo omicidio che, in ordine di tempo, gli inquirenti attribuiscono al clan degli zingari è quello di Antonio Viola, avvenuto il 19 giugno 2000 a Castrovillari. Gli zingari decisero di eliminare Tony perché questi si era dichiarato contrario all'alleanza tra la cosca mafiosa degli "zingari" di Cassano ed il gruppo mafioso tradizionale di Castrovillari, alleanza che, invece, aveva trovato nell'attuale collaboratore di giustizia Antonio Di Dieco, un suo tenace propugnatore. Altro fatto criminoso che i magistrati della Dda attribuiscono agli zingari e il progetto (poi fallito) di uccidere Francesco Cosentino, ritenuto vicino alle posizioni di Viola nonché sospettato di essere un confidente delle forze dell'ordine. Il 3 ottobre 2002 gli zingari fanno fuori Eduardo Pepe e Fioravante Abbruzzese. E ancora il tentato omicidio di Vincenzo Forastefano, ed il conseguente omicidio di Francesco Salerno avvenuto il 24 ottobre 2002. E poi l'uccisione del giovanissimo Carmine Pepe, avvenuta il 3 novembre 2002 e il relativo ferimento di Sergio Benedetto. Nel 2003 la bramosia di conquistare il potere mafioso nella Sibaritide si fa ancora più forte. L'8 maggio 2003 nella frazione Doria tentano di uccidere Federico Faillace, ma per tutta una serie di circostanze fortuite la vittima predestinata riesce a farla franca. L'8 giugno 2003 viene ucciso Nicola Abbruzzese, mentre rimane ferito Leonardo Emanuele Abbruzzese. Il 15 giugno 2003 viene ucciso Sergio Benedetto, mentre rimane ferito Rocco Milito, ma nel conflitto a fuoco rimane sul selciato Fioravante Madio attinto nella circostanza dal "fuoco amico". Il 24 giugno 2003 scatta l'operazione "Lauro" con l'esecuzione di 10 ordinanze di custodia cautelare nei confronti di: Celestino Abbruzzese, Armando Abbruzzese, Domenico Madio, Antonio Abbruzzese, Francesco Abbruzzese, Pasquale Perciaccante, Mario Bevilacqua, Celestino Abbruzzese (classe 1982), Nicola Abbruzzese (classe 1980) e Tommaso Iannicelli. Successivamente verrà arrestato anche Nicola Abbruzzese (classe 1979). Il 18 luglio 2003, vengono emesse tre ordinanze di custodia cautelare per l'omicidio di Tony Viola nei confronti di: Francesco Abbruzzese, Antonio Di Dieco e Giovanni Russo Ed, infine, giungiamo al 27 febbraio di quest'anno allorquando nella frazione Doria viene ucciso Antonio Bevilacqua, mentre rimane ferito Mario Bevilacqua. Dicevamo che, secondo gli inquirenti, con l'arresto di Luigi Abbruzzese la cosca degli zingari viene messa nelle condizioni di non potere più disporre del "braccio operativo". Sarà così ? E' ovvio che la società civile, oltre che le forze dell'ordine, se lo augurano, ma saranno i prossimi mesi a dirci se la lunga e perversa scia di sangue che sta interessando da troppo tempo la Sibaritide sia stata interrotta oppure no. Rimane solo da aggiungere una esortazione diretta agli inquirenti: non bisogna abbassare la guardia perché la Piana di Sibari rimane una zona troppo importante per gli appetiti della criminalità organizzata.
autore ~ Giacinto De Pasquale
Carmelo - October 9, 2006 09:15 AM (GMT)
they are all calabrians, they are called "zingari" because they have not a real location
puparo - October 10, 2006 01:24 PM (GMT)
Many thanks for that answer to my question
very intresting indeed
x-man - October 10, 2006 09:37 PM (GMT)
is nadrangheta mobsters around the world are living laxurios life? living in villas...driving supercars ,privet airplaines etc' ?
they travelling around with bodygards?
Hollander - October 12, 2006 11:56 AM (GMT)
"Sacra Corona Unita"
AMBUSH IN THE CENTRE OF BARI LAST NIGHT, 38-YEAR-OLD KILLED
(AGI) - Bari, Oct 11 - The investigation into the homicide of Antonio Chiarolla went on all night. Chiarolla, 38 years of age, previously convicted, was killed around 10 o'clock last night in the centre of Bari. Two men on a motorbike would have fired at some persons, killing one of them. Attempts to safe his life were useless; the military police is investigating the crime scene.
Bari, ucciso un pregiudicato
Vittima di agguato a colpi di pistola
Un pregiudicato barese, Antonio Chiarolla, di 38 anni, è stato ucciso in un agguato compiuto con colpi di pistola nel quartiere Libertà di Bari, controllato dal clan mafioso degli Strisciuglio, egemone in molti quartieri cittadini. L'omicidio è stato compiuto davanti ad un circolo ricreativo. Sul posto sono accorsi carabinieri del reparto operativo e agenti della squadra mobile.
puparo - October 14, 2006 04:31 PM (GMT)
a lot of the Cosenza province murders stand here at the link:http://terrelibere.org/counter.php?file=&riga=214
use search with the name Tullio Capalbo or Vittorio Marchi and you will find the list
puparo - October 16, 2006 01:25 AM (GMT)
many thanks also for Messina verminaio
(many thanks also for pentito Pino Chiofalo)
very intresting indeed
For Messina University and mafiosi
my personal pages now contain about 2 or 3 pages
very intresting indeed
Hollander - October 17, 2006 12:39 PM (GMT)
FORTUGNO: FASSINO, HIS BATTLE GOES ON
(AGI) - Rome, Oct. 16 - "One year from the murder of Francesco Fortugno, we are commemorating a courageous man and political figure involved in his life and in Italian institutions in the tough battle against organized crime. As a party, and alongside all political forces and civil society, we are committed to continuing Francesco Fortugno's battle. I express my heartfelt condolences and those of all Left Democrats to his family, and reiterate that we are still by their sides. We are sure that the Italian president's words will encourage all local, regional and national institutions to combat the 'ndrangheta and all Mafia-related organizations. And we must all take the example of the courage and determination of the young people from Locri: their commitment is one of the ways to get out of the blackmail imposed on Calabria and the south in general." This was the message sent by Piero Fassino, national secretary of the Left Democrats (DS) on the first anniversary of the murder of Francesco Fortugno.
Hollander - October 18, 2006 10:44 PM (GMT)
Dozens seized in Italy mafia raid
Police in Italy say they have arrested 36 suspected mafia members in Calabria, in the far south of the country.
The alleged gangsters were wanted for 40 murders committed during a war between rival mafia clans.
A police spokesman said in one case a child was tortured to reveal secrets about his family, and then killed.
Another murder was the 1985 killing of Sergio Cosmai, the director of a prison in Calabria who tried to break up the power of the mafia in his jail.
Police spokesman Giampaolo Ganzer said the arrests were aimed at ending the turf war between families of the 'Ndrangheta (loyalty), as the mafia in Calabria is known.
"We have tried to carry out a far-reaching activity," Mr Ganzer told Italian radio, "targeting all the families which have grown roots over the years and singling out those responsible for crimes."
Police also blamed the 'Ndrangheta for the murder of a Calabrian opposition politician, Francesco Fortugno, last October.
Italian officials have said the 'Ndrangheta has become the most powerful and dangerous criminal organisation in Italy - stronger even than the more well-known Sicilian Cosa Nostra or the Neapolitan Camorra.
Decades of emigration from Calabria, a traditionally poor region of Italy, have allowed the 'Ndrangheta to set up outposts in the Americas and Australia.
The connection with South America has made the group a major player in the international cocaine trade.
The 'Ndrangheta established itself with kidnappings before diversifying into drug smuggling and money laundering as well as the more traditional mafia pursuits of usury and extortion.
Unlike the Cosa Nostra, the 'Ndrangheta is made up of loose family groups based on blood relationships and marriages.
Strict adherence to a code of silence means that police attempts to infiltrate the gangs or convince members to turn state's evidence seldom bear fruit.
'NDRANGHETA: OPERATION "MISSING", 36 ARRESTS ORDERED
(AGI) - Cosenza, Oct. 18 - Dozens of murders, kidnappings, illegal possession of weapons and other crimes are the charges to which 36 people will have to respond, in connection with the "Missing" operation by ROS carabinieri and those from the Cosenza provincial command. The latter are in the process of carrying out the arrests, whose warrants were issued by the Anti-Mafia unit of Catanzaro, as part of a larger operation against 'ndrangheta. Investigations have reportedly brought to light the actors and motives of the worst crimes committed during the two mafia wars of the past 30 years. Among the episodes reconstructed is the murder of the Cosenza prison director Sergio Cosmai, assassinated in March 1985 by the orders of clans who wanted to take control of the penitentiary. The arrest warrants brought to light links between Cosenza and Reggio Calabria clans, in particular the one led by the boss-at-large Pasquale Condello, who has been wanted by authorities for 15 years, and who is on the list of the 30 most dangerous criminals in hiding in the nation. He is one of those issued with an arrest warrant today.
Hollander - October 19, 2006 09:03 AM (GMT)
Maxi blitz dei carabinieri del Ros in tutta la penisola
Svelati autori e moventi dei delitti avvenuti in trent'anni anni
'Ndrangheta, 36 arresti per 40 omicidi
Fra loro i killer del direttore del carcere
Operazione dedicata a Sergio Cosmai, responsabile del penitenziario
di Cosenza ammazzato nel 1985 per essersi opposto alle cosche
COSENZA - C'è anche un vecchio omicidio di oltre vent'anni, all'origine del blitz di questa notte contro le cosche calabresi. E' l'assassinio di Sergio Cosmai, allora direttore del carcere di Cosenza. Cosmai si era opposto al potere della 'ndrangheta che si estendeva dentro le mura della prigione. Per questo venne ammazzato.
Oggi la procura antimafia di Catanzaro ha emesso e fatto eseguire 36 ordinanze di custodia cautelare nei confronti di altrettanti mafiosi coinvolti in 40 tra omicidi e tentati omicidi nell'ambito della guerra di mafia a Cosenza.
Sarebbe stato il boss Franco Perna, capo dell'omonima cosca della 'ndrangheta, ad ordinare l'omicidio di Cosmai, eseguito dai sicari il 12 marzo del 1985.
Perna avrebbe fatto uccidere Cosmai perchè voleva assumere il controllo del carcere. Tentativo osteggiato dal direttore della casa circondariale. Ad eseguire l'omicidio di Cosmai furono i fratelli Dario e Nicola Notargiacomo, collaboratori di giustizia dal 1994. I due fratelli, pur essendosi assunti, nell'ambito della loro collaborazione con gli inquirenti, la responsabilità dell'assassinio di Cosmai, non sono più giudicabili per l'omicidio. Entrambi, infatti, prima che cominciassero a collaborare con la giustizia, sono stati assolti in via definitiva dopo che in primo grado erano stati condannati all'ergastolo.
Anche per questo, Mario Spagnuolo, procuratore aggiunto della Dda di Catanzaro e titolare dell'inchiesta insieme al sostituto Raffella Sforza, ha dedicato l'operazione "alla memoria di Sergio Cosmai, direttore del carcere di Cosenza e servitore dello Stato, ucciso dalla 'ndrangheta nell'adempimento del suo dovere, sul cui omicidio oggi, finalmente, viene fatta piena luce".
Il maxi blitz ha portato ad arresti oltre che a Cosenza, a Reggio Calabria, Roma, Voghera, Cuneo, Torino, Pisa, Modena, Ancona, L' Aquila, Terni, Viterbo ed Agrigento. L' operazione, denominata 'Missing', è condotta da circa 300 carabinieri del comando provinciale di Cosenza e del Ros di Catanzaro.
I carabinieri, nell' ambito della stessa operazione, stanno anche notificando 19 informazioni di garanzia ed eseguendo 26 perquisizioni domiciliari.
Le indagini dei carabinieri del Ros hanno consentito di scoprire autori e moventi dei più gravi delitti commessi nel corso di due guerre di mafia durate quasi un trentennio. E' stata ricostruita l'evoluzione del fenomeno mafioso fino ad oggi, documentandone anche i rapporti con le cosche reggine, e in particolare con il sodalizio capeggiato da Pasquale Condello, raggiunto anche lui da provvedimenti restrittivo, ma già ricercato da 15 anni ed inserito nell'elenco dei 30 latitanti più pericolosi a livello nazionale.
(18 ottobre 2006)
Hollander - October 24, 2006 01:02 PM (GMT)
'NDRANGHETA: FUGITIVE GIUSEPPE BARBARO ARRESTED BY DIA
(AGI) - Reggio Calabria, Oct. 23 - A fugitive from justice, member of the ndrangheta from Plati' (Reggio Calabria), was arrested by DIA (central anti-mafia department) officers this morning near an oncology centre in Reggio Calabria. The man is Giuseppe Barbaro, from the mafia clan of the same name, who was with his wife and daughter at the time.
puparo - October 25, 2006 10:52 PM (GMT)