Milan celebrates properties confiscated from the mafia

11-16 April. 6th edition of Milan’s legality drive. In a move to make residents aware of how Milan and Lombardy is successfully fighting organised crime, scores of properties sequestered from convict...

Berlusconi remanded for trial – again

Milan prosecutors fix new trial date. Silvio Berlusconi, the Milanese media magnate and three times former prime minister, is to stand trial on 9 May in Milan in yet another branch of the proceedin...

Tasers issued to Milan cops

Experimental deployment of electrical stun-gun in Milan. Tasers are being issued to police and carabinieri patrols in Milan as part of a nationwide experiment. Tasers are non-lethal electroshock wea...

“Cocaine king of Milan” nabbed in Uruguay

Milan judges request extradition One of Italy’s most wanted fugitives, on the run since 1995, has been arrested in Uruguay and is awaiting extradition to Italy. Rocco Morabito, 51, capo of a ‘nd...

Mafia presence “particularly intense” in Lombardy 

Organised crime strong in northern region. “No territory in the [Italian] north is immune from organised crime.” This is the conclusion of the parliamentary anti-mafia commission, whose president Ros...

Chinese “mobsters” released from jail

In Milan and other cities across the country. All 24 Chinese arrested on 18 January in Milan, Prato, Rome, Florence, Padua and Pisa in “Operation China Truck” have been released from jail by the re...

Chinese mobsters nabbed in Milan

Police make dawn raid in Milan’s Chinatown. Hundreds of Italian police on Thursday 18 January arrested 33 persons in Milan, Prato, Rome, Florence, Padua and Pisa on charges of belonging to a criminal...

Milan forum debates fight against the mafia

Milan convention hosted in confiscated villa. “We shouldn’t think the mafia has been defeated. These days it has quit speaking with arms and explosives, but it speaks by other means, infiltrating the...

Mafia dragnet in Milan nabs 24

Lombardy politics and business infiltrated. Milan police carried out a major operation at dawn on 26 September, arresting 24 suspected members or allies of the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta organised crime s...

“Blue Whale” self-harming fears unwarranted say Milan investigators

Milan confirms only one self-harming case. Milan detectives receiving numerous worried reports from parents, guardians and teachers about suspected “Blue Whale” activities insist that this “psychos...

Milan traffic cops win a Ferrari

Seized from the mafia. There’s little chance of illegal speeders getting away with it in Milan now, since the metropolitan police force has been equipped with a 320 kmh Ferrari 458 Spider. Seize...

Ex-CIA agent de Souza to be extradited to Milan

For involvement in Abu Omar kidnapping. Sabrina de Souza, a former undercover agent of the CIA, is to be extradited to Milan, her lawyer says. De Sousa, 61, was convicted in November 2009 of inv...

Former Expo manager to repay over €1 million

Angelo Paris was arrested in May 2014. Angelo Paris, former procurement planning manager for Expo Milan 2015 arrested for corruption in May 2014, has been sentenced to repay “at least €1 million”,...

Jail for Lombardy regional councillor Zambetti

Zambetti sentenced for vote rigging Former regional councillor Domenico Zambetti has been sentenced to 13½ years for paying the ‘Ndrangheta to rig votes in his favour in the 2010 regional electio...

FBI, Carabinieri carry out major mafia dragnet in Milan

Milan fruit and vegetable market a prime target. Carabinieri and the United States’ FBI have collaborated in a vast operation involving 33 arrests in the US and Italy, including Milan. The opera...

Mafia “consolidated” in Lombardy says police chief

Anti-mafia Commission meets in Milan. “The ‘ndrangheta [Calabrian mafia] has been here since the 1970s,” Milan police commissioner Antonio De Iesu said after testifying to a hearing of the parliame...

Milan mayor requests help from Rome on crime

Mayor Sala asks support for Operazione Strade Sicure. Mayor Giuseppe Sala has asked central government to provide more army personnel to step up security in the city to tackle rising criminality,...

Mega seizure of mafia assets in Milan

Expo 2015 pavilions and Arese hypermarket involved. Italy’s Guardia di Finanza specialised police force for white-collar crime executed seizure warrants on Tuesday 25 October for assets in Milan an...

Bad news for Milan bike thieves

Milan cops open Facebook page for stolen bikes. Milan’s Polizia Locale has set up a Facebook page to reunite stolen bikes with their owners, and it is already filling with stories of happy reunions...

Chinese police to patrol in Milan

Experimental cooperation with Italian police. Officers from the Beijing police force are being deployed to Milan and Rome to help local police patrol the “Chinatown” community. Two Chinese polic...

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