Italy's mafia fighters cuff 160 mobsters in 2013

'Billions of euros seized' DIA reports to House

(ANSA) - Rome, December 18 - Italy's top mob-fighting law enforcement agency netted 160 arrests this year including four fugitives, the Anti-Mafia Investigation Department (DIA) told the Lower House on Wednesday. Operating under new anti-racketeering legislation that went into effect in February, the agency this year also seized goods and assets worth 1.93 billion euros and confiscated 2.7 billion euros in ill-gotten gains. Of these, 737 million euros were seized from the 'Ndrangheta Calabrian mob, 175 million euros came from Campania's Camorra mafia, the Sicilian Mafia coughed up 145 million euros, and the Sacra Corona Unita from the Puglia region relinquished 2.8 million euros. Another 33 million euros were seized from other racketeering organizations, the DIA said in its annual report to parliament. The agency seized another 209 million euros in assets based on the regular criminal code, while 56.5 million euros were confiscated under a 2002 decree on business practices in the farming sector. Set up in 1991, the DIA is made up of law enforcement from various agencies including the State police, the Carabinieri paramilitary police, tax police, and the National Forestry Department.