Rome, 21 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Italian authorities on Thursday arrested dozens of suspects in several parts of Italy as part of a spectacular anti-Mafia operation.
The suspects include alleged bosses of the ‘Ndrangheta crime organization from the southern region of Calabria, as well as entrepreneurs, government officials and politicians.
Italian news agency Adnkronos reported that 13 people were arrested and 35 others were placed under house arrest.
A centre-right opposition politician from Rome was also targeted as part of the operation. He denied all charges against him, but resigned from his party post, according to the Ansa news agency.
The group of organized criminals is “structurally complex and highly organized,” anti-Mafia investigators from the DDA said in the regional capital, Catanzaro.
Investigators also confiscated real estate, cars and other assets worth millions of euros.
On January 13, one of the largest Mafia lawsuits in recent decades began in Calabria. Prominent Mafia hunter Nicola Gratteri led the investigation ahead of the trial.
The ‘Ndrangheta is considered to be the most brutal and powerful Mafia organization in Italy.