Italy's most wanted Mafia suspects seized
For 10 years, one of Italy’s most wanted Mafia suspects, Giuseppe Nirta, has evaded the police. He was finally arrested in Amsterdam on Sunday.25 November 2008
ROME – Dutch police arrested one of Italy's most wanted Mafia suspects who had been on the run for nearly 10 years in Amsterdam, Italian authorities said Monday.
Giuseppe Nirta, 35, who was allegedly head of a powerful clan of the Calabrian Mafia in the south of Italy, was seized by Dutch police Sunday, according to local media reports.
He was arrested while walking through the centre of Amsterdam along with his wife, Aurelia, and two of her sisters, Teresa and Angela, ANSA news agency reported citing police sources.
Nirta is wanted in Italy on charges of drug trafficking and is suspected of being involved in the killing of six people in a restaurant in the German town of Duisburg in August 2007, according to Italian media.
The killings are thought to be part of a long-running vendetta between the Nirta-Strangio clan and its rival Pelle-Vottari families.
However, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecution refused to confirm to AFP whether Nirta is implicated in the Duisburg murders.
Since 1991, Italy's two Mafia families from the small village of San Luca have been embroiled in a settling of scores which left about 10 people dead. Five of the Italians killed in Duisburg came from the same village.
The spate of killings has thrown the international spotlight on San Luca's deadly war and revealed the scale of the Mafia families' power.
[AFP / Expatica]