Lasagne trail leads to fugitive
Published 10/03/2011 | 09:01
A fugitive who had avoided Italian police for a decade has finally been tracked down after he could not resist his wife's lasagne.
Giancarlo Sabatini went into hiding in 2000, shortly after being given a three-year, eight-month prison sentence in a cocaine trafficking case, police said.
Acting on a tip, police staked out the homes of Sabatini's wife and daughter on Tuesday in Rocca Priora, a town near Rome.
When they spied the daughter leaving her mother's house and furtively dashing towards her home bearing a tray of lasagne, police - suspecting a secret guest - burst in and arrested Sabatini.
Many Italians prepare lasagne with meat sauce for lunch on the last Tuesday of Carnival.
Police say Sabatini came from his hideout in Belgium to celebrate the last day before Lent with his family.