Italian crime boss arrested in Germany

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11 October 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A leading member of an Italian crime clan faces extradition to Italy after being arrested in the north German port of Hamburg, police said Thursday.

11 October 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - A leading member of an Italian crime clan faces extradition to Italy after being arrested in the north German port of Hamburg, police said Thursday.

Camorra member Gennaro Rinaldi was detained on Wednesday evening after leaving and an Italian restaurant where he had been celebrating his 48th birthday.

"It was the man's birthday on Wednesday and we thought that he might be there," said Hamburg police spokesman Andreas Schoepflin.

Rinaldi had been sought on an international arrest warrant after he fled Italy, following his conviction and eight-year prison sentence for extortion in 2006.

Schoepflin said Italian police had been in contact with the Hamburg counterparts before the arrest. "It was a major success for us and our Italian colleagues," he added.

The spokesman said the arrest was not linked to the mafia-like executions of six Italians outside a pizzeria in the city of Duisburg on August 15.

It was not clear when Rinaldi, who hails from Naples, will be extradited.

DPA

Subject: German news

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