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8 arrested in Cosa Nostra protection-racket probe

'Hammered businessmen with mallet'

10 December, 13:51
8 arrested in Cosa Nostra protection-racket probe (ANSA) - Palermo, December 10 - Italian police on Tuesday arrested eight people accused of running protection rackets in Palermo.

In one case, police said, the gang "savagely beat" a hold-out businessman with a builder's mallet. The eight, including a minor, are accused of racketeering, attempted murder, extortion and other crimes.

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