Rome's Café de Paris seized after failure to pay rent
Linked to Calabrian mafia organisation in past18 February, 19:31
A former employee laid off in December said that the seizure came "after a long string of economic difficulties".
The café had also been seized by police five years ago as part of an investigation into several properties found to be connected with the 'Ndrangheta criminal organization, which has in recent years become a highly sophisticated global network.
As well as being the richest, 'Ndrangheta is also regarded as the most impenetrable of Italy's mafias, with its close-knit family-based organisation outdoing the Sicilian mafia in its ability to defeat police efforts to turn members into State witnesses.
The former employee said that following the 2009 seizure, the court had been unable to cover expenses and had ceded the management of the café. The new management, however, had not paid the courts for the initial transfer nor for the rent, he said.