Suspect found 32 years after Italy judge murder

A suspected accomplice in the murder of an anti-mafia judge was arrested Tuesday 32 years after the killing thanks to a sting operation combining an anonymous letter with wiretaps, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Suspect found 32 years after Italy judge murder
A suspected mafioso has been arrested in connection with the murder of a judge in Turin in 1983. Photo: Raffaele Esposito/AFP

Thanks to the ruse, Rocco Schirripa is now in jail in Milan as a suspect in the 1983 killing of Turin judge Bruno Caccia, according to the reports.
Investigators sent an anonymous letter to a former 'Ndrangheta mafia chief, Domenico Belfiore, who is currently serving out a life sentence for ordering the killing – but he is under house arrest for health reasons.
The letter contained a photocopy of an old newspaper article about Belfiore's arrest with Rocco Schirripa's name written on the back.
The letter got reaction from Belfiore and others, just as the investigators hoped, enabling them to overhear wiretapped conversations that pointed to Schirripa's role in the killing as a “soldier” working for the Belfiore clan of 'Ndrangheta.
The body of judge Caccia, who was investigating 'Ndrangheta's criminal activities in the northern Piedmont region, was found riddled with 14 bullets.
The murder during the so-called “Years of Lead” marked by violence by the extremist Red Brigade group was at first thought to be politically motivated, before it turned into a mafia probe.
The scheme that identified Schirripa was coordinated by the Milan prosecution office and star prosecutor Ilda Boccassini, famous for taking on former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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‘Bank robber’ rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

Four people were arrested in Rome after a suspected would-be bank robber was rescued from a tunnel under a road, police said on Friday.

'Bank robber' rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

An Italian man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican, suspected of being part of a gang burrowing its way to a nearby bank.

Firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road in the west of Rome, before he was finally freed on Thursday evening and taken to hospital.

“Two people from Naples were arrested for resisting a public official and two, from Rome, for damage” to public property, a police spokesman told AFP.

The rescued man, one of the two Romans, remains in hospital, he said without giving an update on his condition.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” he said.

For Italian newspapers, however, the motive was clear, with reports noting the tunnel was found near a bank ahead of the August 15th long weekend, when residents traditionally head out of town and much of Rome is left empty.

“The hole gang,” headlined newspapers Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, while La Stampa said: “They dig a tunnel to rob a bank, and one of them is buried underground.”

Other reports referred to the suspected burglar as l’uomo-talpa, or ‘mole man’.

An AFP reporter at the scene on Thursday saw the man brought out alive on a stretcher, after a day-long operation involving dozens of emergency service workers using mechanical diggers.

The tunnel began underneath an empty shop that had recently been rented.

“We all thought that the people there were renovating the place. So we had no suspicions and we did not hear noises either,” a resident, Michele, who lives in the same building told AFP.