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'Ndrangheta fugitive arrested in Rome

Domenico Mollica found hiding under house roof

(ANSA) - Rome, January 29 - Rome police on Thursday arrested an alleged member of the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia who had escaped capture earlier this month. Domenico Antonio Mollica, 47, was found in a hideout beneath the roof of his home accessible via a hatch in a built-in cupboard.
    Police had been searching for him since January 9 when he eluded a warrant for his arrest on charges of false property ownership with mafia method as an aggravating circumstance as part of an investigation by Rome's anti-mafia squad into alleged activities of four 'Ndrangheta clans - Palamara, Scriva, Mollica and Morabito - in and around the capital.
    Police found bedding, water, documents and an image of the Madonna of Polsi in the hideout.

    In a separate operation, the anti-mafia squad on Thursday seized assets worth six million euros from the alleged leader of a clan of the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia operating in the Turin area.

Salvatore Demasi, aka Giorgio, 71, is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for mafia association.
Construction companies, properties, bank accounts, automobiles, life insurance policies and interest-bearing post office bonds were among the assets seized.


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