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Mafia boss arrested

2009-01-16 09:04:51 GMT2009-01-16 17:04:51 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Italian police arrest a leader of the powerful Naples mafia who is suspected of ordering the killing in September of six African immigrants.

Investigators believe that Giuseppe Setola is a boss of the Camorra, the mafia organisation based in the southern Campania region around Naples featured in Roberto Saviano's best-selling book "Gomorra". Police said he was seized in a small town way north of Caserta, away from "his territory".


A touch of defiance as the boss of a notorious Italian mafia is finally captured by police and pushed down in to a waiting police car.

Investigators believe that Giuseppe Setola is a boss of the Camorra, the mafia organisation based around Naples which was featured in Roberto Saviano's best selling book Gomorra.

At the moment of his arrest Setola tried a last escape through a window and across roof tops before being caught.

The head of the anti-mafia team in Naples said his capture would have a dire effect on the rest of his gang.

SOUNDBITE: Head of Naples' Anti-Mafia Investigative Division (Dda) Franco Roberti (Italian) saying:

"For the (Casalesi - Bidognetti mafia) clan the arrest means the loss of their operative leader. It is a very important loss for them. It's a devastating blow to the organization."

This is where the mafia boss was hiding earlier in his attempt to evade police.

He used the sewer system to escape them at one point and broke a wrist.

But now the police have seized houses, restaurants and other assets which they think belonged to Setola worth about thirteen million U.S. dollars.

The mafia is present in all areas of the Italian economy with around 20 per cent of Italian shops paying regular hush money.

Hundreds of troops were sent to this area after six men from Africa were shot dead in what was believed to be a show of strength by the Camorra to exert control over drug rackets.

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