Italy to deport man over alleged terror links

A 30-year-old man from Pakistan has been arrested in Brescia over alleged links to a terrorist network, and will be deported on Thursday, La Repubblica reported.

Italy to deport man over alleged terror links
The man was arrested by police in Brescia. Photo: Italy police photo: Shutterstock

He is accused of having frequent contact with Islamic extremists on social networks, with whom he shared jihadist material, the newspaper said.

A deportation order was issued by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.

His arrest came as part of a crackdown in Italy on would-be jihadists.

He is said to have been part of a network that included a 23-year-old Kosovan, who was deported in January after allegedly planning to join the extremist group, Isis, and celebrating the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

Alfano said in January that nine foreigners had been deported since December as part of efforts to prevent jihadist attacks and that more expulsions would follow.

Security in Italy has been at its highest level since the Paris attacks.

"Ours in a job which must necessarily be carried out in the shadows, but believe me it is carried out without stop, against terrorism, to defend our democracy and freedom," Alfano said.

Italy's cabinet in February approved a slew of anti-terrorism measures, including jail terms of up to six years for "foreign fighters" as well as those who recruit would-be jihadists.

The measures also included confiscating the passports of suspected militants and giving more powers to Italy’s intelligence services.




‘Ndrangheta fugitive arrested in Germany

Police in Germany have captured a fugitive member of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization.

'Ndrangheta fugitive arrested in Germany
A file photo of anti-mafia police carrying out a raid. Photo: Jacques Munch/AFP

Antonio Strangio, a mechanic nicknamed ‘TT’ due to his love of Audi cars, had been under house arrest in the town of San Luca, Calabria, when he fled on December 28th 2012.

Investigators tracked him down in Moers, a city near Duisburg, after gathering details of his whereabouts through wiretapped conversations with relatives in San Luca.

The 38-year-old faces a 19-month sentence for the fictitious registration of assets. It also emerged that he acted as a frontman for Pelle-Vottari, a clan of the 'Ndrangheta syndicate hailing from San Luca whose long-term feud with a rival clan, Nirta-Strangio, culminated with six people being killed in a mafia showdown outside a pizzeria in otherwise peaceful Duisburg in 2007. The massacre thrust 'Ndrangheta, deemed Italy's most powerful mafia organization, into the global spotlight.

German police said Strangio was alone and unarmed at the time of his arrest. He is expected to be extradited to Italy within 90 days.

Santo Vottari, a notorious Calabrian mobster wanted over the Duisburg killings, was captured in a tiny hideout in a flat in Benestare, close to Reggio-Calabria, earlier this year. He was one of 31 people sentenced to prison terms in 2009 in connection with the murders.