Antonio Coluccio, the brother of reputed mobsters Giuseppe and Salvatore, "is suing the government for not processing his application to live in Canada with his wife and four children" as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post:
While he has waited, however, he has seen one of his brothers arrested in Toronto at the request of Italian authorities, who called him one of the country's most dangerous fugitives, and another brother arrested in Italy after being found hiding in a secret bunker. Both brothers were charged for a vast drug trafficking network and billed as leaders of a powerful clan of the 'Ndrangheta, the name of the Mafia in the southern Italian region of Calabria. "His brother is very famous - infamous - and I understand the concern of the government," said Antonio Coluccio's immigration lawyer, Mendel Green. "But [Antonio] has never been arrested. He is not a criminal. He is totally innocent of everything. Is someone responsible for his family's conduct? Not in this country," he said. * * * Last year, immigration officials told him that he might be deemed inadmissible on the grounds of organized criminality. His lawyer has been pushing officials to show him their evidence. Documents show that the government has expressed some concerns. "Coluccio is certainly a subject of interest to authorities here," says an internal email between Canadian authorities in Rome and Toronto. "He claims not to be working in Canada yet he and his wife drive some high-end vehicles [Porsche and Volvo]. Huge house. Wife's company made a gross profit of only $16,000 in 2003. Where's the money coming from?" the email says. Yesterday, after filing his suit in the Federal Court of Canada, the government asked Mr. Green for additional information in the application process. "They want more information, we'll give it to them," he said.