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Dozens arrested in Italian organised crime swoop

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Dozens arrested in Italian organised crime swoop


Police in Italy have arrested around a hundred suspected mafia members in simultaneous overnight raids in Naples and Sicily.

They also seized 500 million euros worth of assets, including property, bank accounts, businesses and vehicles.

Four police officers accused of accepting bribes were among those arrested in Naples.

In Sicily, the prosecutors allege there were mutually beneficial ties between local organised crime gangs and politicians, particularly in connection with public works contracts in the east of the island.

The detainees face a range of charges ranging from murder and criminal association to drug trafficking, racketeering and extortion.

Government officials say the operation marks a significant stage in the fight against organised crime.

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