Posts Tagged ‘Mafia’

A Village’s Votes Stolen by the Mafia


Plati (Italy) (AFP) – Italy goes to the polls this weekend for local and regional elections but not in the village of Plati in the southern region of Calabria, heartland of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia, who control much of Europe’s cocaine trade. Such is the local grip of the notorious organised crime syndicate that no one […]

Mafia wars hit upscale Istanbul streets, 3 dead

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Two separate targeted hits in one day in upscale Istanbul neighborhoods left three people dead late Dec. 24, just days after a bodyguard was killed in front of a bar in Istanbul’s Nişantaşı neighborhood.

Pope Francis vs. Mafia: No Piety Among Mobsters


Pope Francis didn’t mince words during a recent visit to Calabria in southern Italy. Speaking of those responsible for one of the most horrific crimes Italy has seen in years — the murder of 3-year-old Nicola Campolongo, together with his grandfather and another adult, in a drug-related Mafia hit — the pope said the killers represent […]

Mafia President of Ukraine

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich makes a statement during a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, March 11, 2014

Toppled ‘Mafia’ President Cost Ukraine Up to $100 Billion, Prosecutor Says.  (Reuters) – Ukraine’s chief prosecutor has accused Viktor Yanukovich of heading a mafia-style syndicate whose crimes cost the former Soviet republic up to $100 billion and said some of the stolen money was now being used to fund Russian-backed separatists. Ex-President Yanukovich fled to Russia […]

Mafia Associate Gunned Down North of Montreal

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MONTREAL – Former Rizzuto associate Joseph “Joe” Di Maulo was assassinated at his opulent home north of Montreal in the first Mob hit since boss Vito Rizzuto returned to Canada last month. The 70-year-old took two bullets to the head Sunday evening in Blainville, Que., sources told QMI Agency. His wife, Huguette Desjardins, found the body in […]

Montreal Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto Still Not Home


MONTREAL—A city awaiting the kingpin’s return had to wait yet another day. Despite being released from a U.S. prison and flown directly back to Canada, the stately home belonging to Montreal mafia boss Vito Rizzuto sat mostly quiet Monday, three days after his six-year conspiracy and racketeering sentence came to an end.

Mafia-linked Montreal Ice Cream Business Firebombed


An ice cream manufacturer whose owner has ties to the Montreal Mafia was firebombed early Sunday morning in the city’s St. Léonard borough, though there was little damage. It’s the sixth time in the last month that a business linked to Domenico Arcuri has been the target of arsonists. Police said several Molotov cocktails were used to […]

‘Ndrangheta: Italy’s Most Powerful Mafia

Anti-‘ndrangheta youth movement from Locri, Calabria. The banner reads “And now kill us all”. Photo: Enzo Greco

Raised in the shadow of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra for almost a century (according to the FBI, the ‘Ndrangheta was born in the 1860s in the island of Favignana, Sicily), the ‘Ndrangheta has had plenty of time and resources to quietly become a major player in the realm of organized crime thanks to its ability to […]