Over 100 arrested in two major anti-mafia operations
ITALIAN police arrested more than 100 people yesterday in two major anti-mafia operations in Rome and the region of Calabria.
The Rome operation centred on the port of Ostia, where thousands of holidaymakers go to escape the city heat, and involved 500 police officers backed by helicopters, dog squads and coastal patrols. Fifty-one suspects were arrested in a series of dawn raids.
Police targeted members of the Fasciani, D'Agati and Triassi clans, which are allegedly linked to the Sicilian Cosa Nostra and are accused of dividing the region for illicit activities under a "mafia peace pact".
Ignazio Marino, Rome's newly elected mayor, who pledged last week to clean up Ostia, said: "Mafia leaders have for years infiltrated the productive and social fabric of the capital." Police claimed the clans planned murders, kept out rival criminals and ran gambling operations.
In an operation aimed at the Calabrian mafia, or 'Ndrangheta, 65 people were arrested, including politicians, businessmen, lawyers, doctors and prison police, in the city of Lamezia Term near Catanzaro.
The raids occurred a day after Franco Roberti, a Salerno prosecutor with a reputation for fighting the Naples mafia, was appointed head of Italy's anti-mafia directorate in Rome. (© Daily Telegraph, London)