ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: MAFIA CAPITAL – ROME, CORRUPTION SCANDALS ARE NOW AS COMMON AS ITALIAN PIZZA – 44 people arrested including 19 officials and concillors. THE DAILY MAIL, U.K., (05|06|2015).
ROME – 44 people arrested including 19 officials and concillors in Rome dawn raid, THE DAILY MAIL (05|06|2015).
Dozens of public officials and politicians have been arrested after a probe revealed widespread corruption allowing the mafia to suck millions meant for migrants in Rome from public coffers. Police arrested 44 people in the Italian regions of Sicily, Lazio and Abruzzo, including 19 officials as part of an investigation into a new Rome-based mafia running services for thousands of migrants. It’s headed by one-eyed former terrorist and neo-fascist Massimo Carminati who calls himself ‘The Last King of Rome’ and was the inspiration for TV mafia drama called Romanzo Crimnale.
He allegedly rigged Government contracts so he could embezzle public money meant to help provide for migrants that have flooded into Rome before his arrest in December. Among those arrested in the dawn raids was Luca Gramazio, ex-leader of Silvio Burlesconi’s Forza Italia caucus in the Lazio regional assembly. Around 170,000 migrants arrived on Italian shores last year and hundreds of hotels have been converted into migrant homing centres that are paid £23 per head, per day, by the Government. Ringleaders of the gang have boasted that it’s even more lucrative than the drug trade.
Nicknamed Mafia Capitale, the group was only identified last year and is independent of existing mafias such as Cosa Nostra in Sicily and the Camorra in Naples. Run from a low-key petrol station the group spread its tentacles far and wide managing to penetrate the political establishment.
Of the 44 arrested today in connection with the mafia ring are 19 public officials and local and regional councillors, including the ex group leader of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. A further 25 people are under house arrest and a further 21 under investigation. The accusations are of corruption and mafia association. The warrant said the investigations leading to the arrests have confirmed ‘the existence of a mafia structure in the capital spanning the criminal underworld but also the environs of the political establishment administrators and local businessmen’.
In particular the investigations documented what the investigators called ‘a proven system of corruption aimed at favouring a cartel of businesses managing immigrant reception and at public funding connected to the influx of migrants.’
Carminati, who is to stand trial in October, was the inspiration for a character called Il Nero in the film and TV series Romanzo Criminale, which was a film in 2005 and a TV drama which aired in the UK in 2011. He lost his eye as a young man when fleeing police as a member of La Banda della Magliana, the most notorious criminal gang in Rome in the 70s and 80s. He also played a role in neo-fascist terror group the Armed Revolutionary Nuclei – linked to some of Italy’s most famous killings, including the assassination of Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978 and the bombing of Bologna train station in 1980, which killed 85.
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— THE DAILY MAIL, U.K., (05|06|2015).