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Police confiscate 150 million euros from fruit and veg mafiosi brothers

Palermo’s Antimafia Investigations Directorate (DIA) has confiscated assets worth 150 million euros from a pair of brothers who for years orchestrated the mafia infiltration of the city’s largest fruit and vegetable market.

Police confiscate 150 million euros from fruit and veg mafiosi brothers
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Angelo and Giuseppe Ingrassia, both 61 years of age, had strong ties to the Cosa Nostra and exercised hidden control over the sale of fruit and vegetables in the market on Via Montepellegrino on behalf of the Galatolo clan, working through nominee directors, the DIA’s investigations found.

The pair used the services of the cooperative Carovana Santa Rosalia to secretly control road transport of the agricultural goods to and from western Sicily and the main supply centers, manage internal trading activities, and fix the price of the products sold in the market, creating an illegal monopoly, reports Palermo Today.

According to Ansa the goods confiscated by the police include a number of real estate assets including buildings, apartments, land, shops, and warehouses, as well as trucks, cars and motorcycles, company shares, and various banking and financial products.

The scam was originally exposed by the DIA’s investigations in 2014, but permission to confiscate the assets, requested by the DIA's director, was granted by the Prevention Measures Section of the Court of Palermo just this morning.

The judge in charge of the case also ordered that Giuseppe Ingrassia be placed under surveillance for the next four years, as he is considered to be a potential danger to society.

The confiscation comes just four days after the DIA confiscated 400 million euros from former Sicilian regional deputy Giuseppe Acanto, who was found to have ties with top-level members of the Cosa Nostra.

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Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon

A runner taking part in an ultra-marathon in the Alps has died during the race after a fatal fall on a high-altitude mountain path, emergency services told AFP on Wednesday.

Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon
The race traverses Mont Blanc. Illustration photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

The 35-year-old from the Czech Republic was taking part in a warm-up event ahead of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a famed endurance event that takes place every year around western Europe’s highest peak.

The man fell during the night after setting off with more than 1,000 other runners from the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Tuesday afternoon along the 145-kilometre course of the TDS race to Chamonix in France.

Emergency services were alerted after midnight on Wednesday and flew in a helicopter to the scene of the accident in the Bourg-Saint-Maurice district, but they were unable to revive him, local police commander Patrice Ribes told AFP.

Organisers of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which takes places on Friday, said it was the first death in one of their events since their start in 2003.

Elsewhere in the French Alps on Wednesday, a 60-year-old climber died in the Isère region after suffering a fall of 30 metres.

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