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Calabria governor says family has been threatened

Growing pressure from criminal groups in southern Italy

04 February, 19:39
Calabria governor says family has been threatened (ANSA) - Rome, February 4 - The governor of the Calabria region, Giuseppe Scopelliti, said on Tuesday during a forum with news agency ANSA that his family had received threats from criminal groups.

"After many threats against me, they have now begun to threaten my family," he said.

He said that he was under increasing pressure from criminal groups trying to influence his work, and he called for team work within the government to prevent "any sort of penetration whatsoever," by organized crime.

"The challenge we have before us may seem insurmountable to many, but - unlike in the past - only we Calabrians can succeed".

The Calabria region is home to a number of criminal groups including the 'Ndrangheta, whose drug trafficking, extortion and money-laundering activities have spread around the world over the past few decades. It has become one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Italy.

Scopelliti said the latest threatening letter arrived in the mail on Friday while the regional council was in session.

The letter was immediately taken to the police.