Italian police have busted 15 suspects from the Padovano clan of the Sacra Corona Unita or Puglian Mafia for their alleged roles in the extortion racket, drug trade and intimidating politicans as reported by ANSA.
Italy's organized crime groups -- principally the Camorra in Naples, Cosa Nostra in Sicily, the 'Ndrangheta in Calabria and the Sacra Corona Unita in Puglia -- were responsible for 29,274 environmental crimes in 2013 from which they earned over 15 billion euros ($20 billion) as reported by ANSA.
Nothing is sacred -- not even God's green earth -- to a reprobate mobster.
President Giorgio Napolitano has called upon Italy to "work harder to stop its mafias infiltrating the legal economy," and said "the penetration of criminal associations into the world of business and entrepreneurship is a worrying phenomenon" as reported by ANSA.
A "worrying phenomenon," indeed.
The Italian Mafia has taken over the European economy, and last February "the European Parliament passed a new directive making it easier for national authorities to confiscate criminal assets, in response to evidence that organized crime groups have gobbled up properties and companies across Europe" as reported by Jim Yardley for The New York Times: "some say the same focus that is applied to fighting terrorism should be applied to confronting organized crime."
Mob gunmen in a passing car opened fire on a rival gangster and his girlfriend and her children in another car which Italian police describe as a vendetta attack involving Sacra Corona Unita or the Puglian Mafia as reported by ANSA:
The target was believed to be Cosimo Orlando, 43, who was shot behind the wheel beside his partner Carla Maria Fornari, 30, who was holding her two-year-old boy, all of whom were killed. Two more children in the backseat, a six- and seven-year-old, were unharmed.
Last January hitmen from the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia whacked three-year-old Nicola Campolongo or "Coco" as part of a revenge attack against the lad's grandfather Salvatore Iannicelli who apparently failed to pay a drug debt.
Mob groupies and Hollywood movies perpetuate a story line that the Mafia respects children; it's a big lie.
Indeed, "the idea that the mafia does not kill children is a historic lie . . . cultivated over a long period with care by the men of dishonour," says Goffredo Buccini as reported by AFP.
Rosy Bindi, president of the Italian parliament anti-Mafia commission, said that yesterday's slaughter "is confirmation that there is no mafia code and it has never existed" as reported by Nick Pisa for the Daily Mail: "they have always killed, even women and children."
Sadly, there's a long list of young victims which expose the Italian Mafia as nothing but an evil society which exists as the devil incarnate as reported ANSA.
Italian police have seized assets worth 50 million euros ($70 million) from Francesco Vavalle who allegedly has long-standing ties with the Mercante gang from the Sacra Corona Unita or Puglian Mafia as reported by ANSA: "the seizure included six businesses in the gambling sector, as well as a wholesale produce supplier and a company that managed a pizzeria."