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Former 'anti-mafia' mayor arrested in mob probe

Leader in fight against 'Ndrangheta also detained

12 December, 14:13
Former 'anti-mafia' mayor arrested in mob probe (ANSA) - Reggio Calabria, December 12 - A former mayor and a leader of the anti-mafia movement in the southern Calabria region were among six people arrested in an organized-crime bust Thursday. Sebastiano Giorgi, ex-mayor of the town of San Luca, is suspected of mafia affiliation, while Rosy Canale, coordinator of the San Luca Women's Movement, was charged with embezzlement and fraud. In 2009 Giorgi was elected on a tough-talking platform against the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta, believed to be the most powerful of Italy's mafias for its virtual stranglehold on the European cocaine trade. The following year his administration was dissolved for mafia infiltration. The local clan from his town of San Luca sprang to international attention with the 2007 murder of six mafiosi in the German city of Duisburg. The other four arrests Thursday were described as former local administrators and businessmen. Last week Carolina Girasole, another former mayor known for her stance against organized crime in the same region, was arrested for alleged ties to the mafia.

(photo: Rosy Canale)