Milan cops nab 13 mobsters
Yet another wave of arrests hit the preparations for Expo 2015 on Tuesday as carabinieri acting on orders from Milan investigators arrested 13 members of Calabrian ‘ndrangheta mafia families and Lombardy public officials in cahoots with the gangs.
Those arrested included Luigi Calogero Addisi, a former Rho council member, a prison guard and an Equitalia (inland revenue) official. The warrants were excecuted in both Lombardy – Milan and Monza-Brianza – and in the mobsters’ home base of Calabria – Reggio Calabria and Vibo Valentia.
Barely two weeks since the last arrests shook the Expo organisation, this new series of arrests involved two ’ndrangheta families said to have operated in Como province. Charges included possession of illegal weaponry, money laundering, abuse of office, threats, arson and corruption in public works contracts, all connected with next year’s exposition.
Milan Prosecutor Ilda Boccassini told media that a company owned by Giuseppe Galati, a suspected ‘ndrangheta boss operating in Lombardy, even held the official mafia-free certificate required for participating in two construction contracts worth €450,000.
Addisi stands accused of recycling funds to buy terrain in Rho, and then voting in the local council in favour of amending the destination of the tract of land in order to hike its value.
The ‘ndrangheta has long been considered as having overtaken the historically better-known Cosa Nostra Sicilian crime syndicate, and to have extended its operations to northern Italy and beyond, in particular to Germany.