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mafia in Rome

Rome, 7 Sept. (AKI) – While the Italian mafia is often linked to southern regions like Sicily and Calabria, organised crime appears to be exploiting new opportunities in Rome. A report by the anti-mafia group Centro Pio La Torre said that assets totalling one billion euros were seized by police in the Italian capital in 2008.

“The capital occupying one of the top spots can come as a shock, but that is a symptom of the consolidated transnational investments of the criminal mafia,” said the president of the Centro Pio La Torre, Vito Monaco.

Rome was second only to the Sicilian capital, Palermo, in the total assets seized in police raids in the past year.

More than 14,973 assets were seized in Palermo while more than 11,648 assets were confiscated in Rome.

The southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria was third with 5,248 assets seized by police.

In July police seized the renowned Cafe de Paris on the Via Veneto when it targeted more than 200 million euros of property allegedly owned by the Calabrian mafia, or ‘ndrangheta.

Several cafes and restaurants, businesses and luxury cars were targeted by investigators.

Anti-mafia prosecutors have said mobsters are investing in property in high-rent Rome neighbourhoods.

The Italian government has vowed to defeat the mafia and this year has seen hundreds of arrests including several mafia bosses and the seizure of millions of euros of suspected mafia assets.

Italy’s four main criminal organisations are the Sicilian mafia, the Camorra in Naples and the surrounding Campania region, the ‘Ndrangheta in the southern region of Calabria, while Puglia is known for the Sacra Corona Unita.

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