Italian police capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10-year chase

Santo Vottari [Photo: LACNEWS24]

The Italian police on Wednesday said that a `Ndrangheta Mafia’ boss who has been on the run for 10 years has been captured.

Santo Vottari, 44, who was sentenced in Italy to 30 years on a series of charges, including murder, was on Europol’s most wanted list.

Investigators believe he ordered a Christmas 2006 hit in which the wife of a rival Mafia boss was killed.

The murder triggered a bloody reprisal in Duisburg, Germany, in August 2007, when six people were killed outside a pizzeria by hitmen.

“A new, brilliant operation by our corps,’’ tweeted Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti of the capture.

The `Ndrangheta is based in Calabria, the region that forms the tip of Italy’s boot. It is considered to be one of the most powerfully organised crime groups in the world, and the leading smuggler of cocaine into Europe.

(dpa/NAN)


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