*** Italian police have arrested Mose Esposito who allegedly is tied to the notorious Giuseppe Setola. Setola is the alleged head of a "murder squad" run by the Casalesi clan of the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia. Esposito also is the step-brother of a jailed Camorrista suspected of partipating in the massacre ordered by Setola of six West African immigrants last September near Caserta.
*** Spanish police have arrested Marco Assegnati, a reputed leader of the Camorra, in the central Spanish town of Escalona where he "was living in a chalet . . . and running his clan's criminal activities":
Assegnati was on the Italian Foreign Ministry's list of the 100 most wanted mobsters. The suspect was the subject of a Europe-wide arrest warrant for belonging to an organization engaged in trafficking drugs and arms, as well as participating in extortion schemes and other criminal activities. * * * Assegnati had been in Spain since at least 2003 and operated an auto sales business based in Madrid. The reputed mobster also owned a dealership in the northwestern Spanish city of Vigo, where he traveled regularly to throw both police and members of rival clans within the Camorra off his trail.
Abutbul was arrested by the National Fraud Unit during a December 11 raid on his home. The raid uncovered an improvised gun that was loaded and equipped with a silencer.