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New York mafia boss extradited to Italy

A New York mafia boss has been extradited to Italy after allegedly demanding €1 million from an Italian businessman, police said on Wednesday.

New York mafia boss extradited to Italy
Francesco Palmeri is said to be the number three of New York's Gambino clan. New York photo: Shutterstock

Francesco Palmeri was extradited to Italy following his arrest last December in New York, police said in a statement.

He stands accused of travelling to southern Italy and threatening a businessman in Matera, demanding repayment of a €1 million loan owed to New York’s Gambino mafia clan.

In order to intimidate the businessman, police said Palmeri was backed up by a few people linked to the criminal underworld.

The alleged mobster is said to be the number three of the Gambino clan, described by police as the “underboss” of the mafia family.

He was arrested alongside seven other people accused of being tied to the New York crime syndicate. 

SEE ALSO: Extradition of ex-mafia boss from UK dropped

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 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

Italian police on Saturday arrested a mafia member suspected of killing two alleged Chinese prostitutes and a Colombian sex worker in Rome, local media reported.

 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

The bodies of the two Chinese women were discovered in a residential building in the upmarket Prati district on Thursday morning, while the body of the South American was found in an apartment in the same neighbourhood an hour later.

All three victims were stabbed, according to Italian media reports.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, footage from surveillance cameras allowed police to identify 51-year-old Giandavide De Pau, who had been prosecuted in the past for drug trafficking and sexual assault.

The suspect is reportedly a member of a mafia clan headed by Michele Senese, who is currently serving a life sentence. De Pau is believed to have been one of Senese’s closest collaborators, acting as his personal driver and handyman.

In 2008 and 2011, the suspect had also spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

It is unknown whether the suspected killer was carrying out a mafia hit or acting alone, possibly under the influence of drugs, which were found at the home of some family members where he is believed to have sought refuge after the police manhunt got underway, Corriere della Sera reported.

Several newspapers had warned of a possible “serial killer” in the Italian capital.

The body of one of the Chinese victims was spotted by a neighbour where it lay, naked on a landing. The woman, believed to be in her 40s, had suffered head and stomach injuries, the newspaper said.

When police entered her apartment, they found the body of the second Chinese woman.

Nobody in the building appeared to have heard the murders take place, according to residents.

“Everybody knew there was a house of ill repute here, I’d see people arriving at 2:00 am, 3:00 am,” a woman who lived in the building told reporters.

The body of the Colombian, who was 65, was found by a friend, Corriere della Sera said.

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