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Caught in a cave: two of Italy's most-wanted men arrested

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Caught in a cave: two of Italy's most-wanted men arrested



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  • On the run since 1998 and 2006
  • Rooted out by heavily-armed, masked police

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Police in southern Italy have arrested two of the country’s most-wanted fugitives.

‘Ndrangheta mafia boss Giuseppe Ferraro had been on the run since 1998.

Police have been looking for Giuseppe Crea since 2006.

The men, who are 47 and 37, had been hiding out in a camouflaged bunker near the mountain town of Maropati in the region of Reggio Calabria.

Both have been convicted of a string of gangland murders and other crimes.

Crea faces 22 years in prison for mafia association; Ferraro was sentenced to life imprisonment, including for a murder conviction.

The raid was launched when the two men were asleep. No shots were fired.

Various weapons were seized in the small bunker, which also had cooking equipment and electricity.

Officers have been monitoring the site for a year.

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Who are the ‘Ndrangheta?

  • The Calabrian word “‘Ndrangheta” derives from the Greek “ἀνδραγαθία” (andragathía) meaning “heroism” or “manly virtue” (read more)
  • Active in the region of Reggio Calabria since the 1860s
  • ‘Ndrangheta drug trafficking, extortion and money-laundering is thought to account for at least 3% of Italy’s GDP (read more)
  • Annual revenue estimated at 35-40 bn euros (read more)
  • 305 members were arrested during Operation Crimine in 2010 (read more)

What they are saying

“They were living like animals, cut off from society. But they were still controlling other gang members from the bunker.”- Prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho.

“They continued to control their territory with military precision”- Rosy Bindi, President of the Anti-Mafia Parliamentary Commission


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