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Italian premier Monti hails big Mafia arrest

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Italian premier Monti hails big Mafia arrest


A “great day” for all “honest people.”

That is how new Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has described the arrest of Mafia boss Michele Zagaria after 16 years on the run.

Zagaria led the powerful Casalesi clan of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra, made famous by Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book.

The writer believes Italy’s political shake-up is linked to this Mafia body blow.

“I’m sure the fall of Berlusconi’s government and the weakening of his ex-junior minister Nicola Cosentino is leading a whole group of people in those circles to feel unsure about their impunity and therefore cooperate with the justice system,” Saviano told euronews, by telephone from New York. “When political protection starts crumbling, many people linked to the Mafia start being afraid.”

It was in an underground bunker in the Naples region that police found Zagaria, who was sentenced to life in prison, in absentia, for murder in 2008.

As he was taken away, authorities were seeking the arrest of politician Nicola Cosentino as part of an anti-Mafia operation. He denies any wrongdoing.

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