Mafia-Linked Fugitive Who Flew From Australia, Arrested in Rome

A fugitive reportedly having connections with the mafia has been arrested at an airport in Rome after fleeing Australia.

Reports from Italy confirmed that Antonio Vottari was arrested by police at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino airport after he tried to escape by leaving Australia. According to II Quotidiano, the 31-year-old fugitive has been on the wanted list of police since 2011 and has already been convicted for a drug crime in 2014. The suspect was also sentenced in September 2014 to seven and a half years of imprisonment on charges of trafficking cocaine in Germany, Holland, Italy, South America, and Belgium.

The Age reported that the name of the airport from which the fugitive took off from Australia is still unknown.

In addition to this arrest, there are reports from Swiss authorities that stated the arrest of 15 Italian citizens on Tuesday who were also suspected to belong to the same mafia organisation. Agents carried out raids in three cantons according to Swiss Federal Office of Justice. The three cantons were urban Zunich, rural Thurgau from the north of Switzerland, and Valais in the southern part of Switzerland.

Out of the 15 arrestees, two have already been sentenced in Italy to imprisonment of six and nine years respectively, according to Financial Express. The Swiss officials have called two more people for interrogation without any suspected sentencing until they accept their involvement into the matter as they already acquired Swiss citizenship.

Although the ‘Ndrangheta gang is based in Calabria, its criminal activities including drug trafficking is spread across northern Italy and several other nations around the globe. In late 2015, Italian police seized 130 kg of cocaine and arrested nine people for involvement in it. Moreover, the gang holds a monopoly in selling drugs in Venice.

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