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Italy to clamp down on criminal gangs

Italy to clamp down on criminal gangs
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Nineteen suspected members of a mafia clan operating in Italy, France, Switzerland and Canada have been arrested in the south of France and in Italy, according to Italian police. They are believed to be members of the Italo-Canadian clan “Rizzuto”. It is linked to one of the most notorious Italian mafia families, the Cuntera-Caruana, known for their drugs and arms trafficking.

Criminal gangs are Italy’s biggest “enterprise”, according to the latest statistics. They had a turnover of some 90 billion euros last year, amounting to around 7 percent of the country’s GNP. Italy’s government aims to take tougher measures against mafia organisations and smaller criminal groups.

The topic of security has come into sharper focus for the government after the number of violent robberies in Italy rose in recent months. The price for not paying protection money to the Mafia can be very high, like premises being burnt down or bombed. Italian mobsters reportedly bleed 200 million euros a day from business.

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