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Rome’s mayor defies mobster threats

The mayor of Rome on Sunday said he refused to be intimidated by threats from the criminal underworld and defied calls for him to resign over a scandal which has rocked the Italian capital.

Rome's mayor defies mobster threats
Ignazio Marino had been advised by Rome's prefect not to use his bicycle any more because of threats from "dangerous organizations". Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Ignazio Marino had been advised by Rome's prefect not to use his bicycle any more because of threats from "dangerous organizations" which emerged this week after an anti-mafia sweep revealed a web of dirty deals between political figures and a notorious mobster.

"I have received many words of encouragement as I go about on my bike, people shouting 'hang in there, we're with you!'," he told journalists after arriving at a convention by bicycle, rejecting the offer of a police escort.

"I think it is correct to show normality in a city which is not mafia-ridden but has suffered violent slaps from criminals," he said according to Italian media reports, adding that he would not be told what to do.

"The prefect is not my dad," he joked.

Police arrested 37 people on Tuesday and named 100 people — including Marino's predecessor Gianni Alemanno — as being under investigation in a probe into a criminal network which fed on corruption, extortion and fraud.

Marino had dealings in the past with one of the organizations linked to one-eyed gangster Massimo Carminati, a former member of the infamous Magliana crime gang, which wielded enormous influence in Rome in the 1970s and 1980s.

Though he insists he had no knowledge of its criminal activities, and wiretaps showed failed attempts to corrupt him, some critics calling for a vast clean-up in the capital have said Marino should go.

"Do you really think I have engineered a year and a half of radical changes (in Rome) to then say, 'just joking, I'm off to the beach'? Forget it," he told journalists.

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Italian killer with mafia links arrested in France after 16 years on the run

A convicted murderer linked to one of Italy's most powerful mafia organisations was arrested on Thursday in central France, Interpol said.

Italian killer with mafia links arrested in France after 16 years on the run

Edgardo Greco, 63, is suspected of belonging to the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful mafia organisation in Calabria, southern Italy.

He is wanted in Italy to serve a life sentence for the murders of Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo, and accused of the attempted murder of Emiliano Mosciaro “as part of a mafia war between the Pino Sena and Perna Pranno gangs that marked the early 1990s”, Interpol said.

The Bartolomeo brothers were beaten to death with iron bars in a fish warehouse, Italian police said.

Greco’s arrest in central France came with help for Italy and France from the “Cooperation against ‘Ndrangheta Project” (I-CAN) run by Interpol, which facilitates police cooperation between its 195 member states.

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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, quoted in Interpol’s statement, said the arrests demonstrated his country’s commitment to “fighting all forms of organised crime and locating dangerous fugitives”.

The ‘Ndrangheta is considered Italy’s most extensive and powerful mafia group, Interpol said, operating worldwide and with strong ties to the trade in cocaine bound for Europe from South America

I-CAN’s job is help raise awareness of ‘Ndrangheta and their modus operandi, sharing police information to dismantle their networks and operations, the agency said.

The arrest of Greco, who worked in the evenings in a pizza restaurant under an assumed named according to Italian media, came a week after Italian police said it had dismantled a ‘Ndrangheta mafia ring dominating a large area of southern Calabria and seized assets exceeding 250 million euros.

Fifty-six people, many already in prison, were put under criminal investigation for a series of crimes including mafia-related conspiracy, extortion, kidnapping, bribery and possession of weapons, police and prosecutors said.

The arrest of Greco comes just over two weeks after Italian police arrested one of the most notorious bosses of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra mafia, Matteo Messina Denaro, who had been on the run for 30 years.

The 60-year-old was arrested after visiting a health clinic where he was being treated in the Sicilian capital Palermo

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