Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board met last week to determine whether to ship Carmelo Bruzzese's sorry ass back to Italy but the suspected boss from the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia refused to come out of his prison cell to attend his own hearing as reported by Adrian Humphreys for The National Post. Apparently, Bruzzese was offended over the security:
"I have no idea why the police security," his lawyer, Barbara Jackman, said in an interview. "My experience is that the CBSA [Canada Border Services Agency] tends to put in heavy security when they want to create an impression that a person is dangerous or a serious security threat." In a letter to the IRB, Ms. Jackman said neither she nor her client would participate in the hearing under the security restrictions: in addition to police, the hearing was to be held in a secure room separated from witnesses, observers and members of Mr. Bruzzese's family.
The hearing nevertheless proceeded in their absence.
The Calabrian Mafia is suspected of backing a breakaway group from Sicilian mobster Vito Rizzuto for control over the drug rackets in Montreal, QB, and the turf war has resulted in dozens of murders over the last few years including that the shooting ambush in April 2014 of Carmine Verduci who is an alleged associate of Carmelo Bruzzese and "also tightly tied to the Gambino Mafia family of New York City, according to police" as then reported by Peter Edwards for The Star.
Earlier this year Italian and American police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters on both sides of the Atlantic for their alleged roles in a joint drug smuggling plot between the Gambino family and the Calabrian Mafia.
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