German police charge Italian organized crime trio

13th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Officials say the three men ran a pizza parlour as a front for the Mafia.

Berlin (dpa) - German police have charges ready after identifying three men running a pizza parlour as operatives for a southern Italian organized crime syndicate, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

Two of the suspects have been arrested in San Luca, Calabria, a centre of the 'Ndrangheta syndicate, and Germany has applied for their extradition, the Augsburger Allgemeine said.

The third man was still at large but is being sought under a Europe-wide arrest warrant.

Their front business was a pizzeria in Sonthofen on the northern slopes of the Alps, according to the paper.

The 'Ndrangheta clan had been trafficking cocaine between Belgium and Italy and laundering counterfeit money, it said.

Asked by DPA for confirmation, police in the region refused to comment.

A clash between feuding 'Ndrangheta clans is seen by German police as the background to a gangland slaying last August of six people in the western German city of Duisburg.

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