*** Greek nightclub owner Babis Lazaridis, shot to death earlier this week in a gangland hit, "is believed to have owed hundreds of thousands of euros to underworld figures":
"No one had as many unsettled accounts as him," an officer at the police’s anti-extortion unit said . . . [and] that police are seeking to identify Lazaridis's creditors. A bomb attack in March on a nightclub co-owned by Lazaridis on central Syngrou Avenue, which caused damage but no injuries, is still being probed by police who believe the 40-year-old might have planned the hit himself in a bid to make an insurance claim. Lazaridis is believed to have had links with the convicted leader of an Athens extortion ring currently in jail in central Greece.
*** Italian police have served a court order on the United States Navy for the production of records concerning six homes in Naples its high-ranking sailors are renting that may be owned by the Neapolitan Mafia or Camorra:
[I]n September, Italian authorities sequestered 40 homes in the Camorra strongholds of Casal di Principe and San Cipriano d’Aversa and placed them on a three-year "block" for the collection of rent, according to the Naples’ daily newspaper Il Mattino. Six of the 40 homes sequestered were leased by U.S. personnel, and it was those six homes that were listed in the court order, according to Navy spokesman Lt. Paul Macapagal.
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