ROME Italian mafia have infiltrated one of Europe’s biggest reception centers for migrants, creaming off state money that ended up earmarked for the treatment of new arrivals, prosecutors reported on Monday.
Police arrested sixty eight individuals in early early morning raids in the southern toe of Italy, like a priest and the head of a Roman Catholic affiliation that runs the Sant’Anna Cara immigrant heart in the city of Isola Capo Rizzuto.
Amongst the accusations leveled versus those people detained ended up involvement in a mafia organization, extortion, misappropriation of state money and fraud, reported a statement from police in the southern metropolis of Catanzaro.
There was no speedy reaction from those people arrested.
The head of parliament’s anti-mafia fee hailed the operation. “The Cara of Isola Capo Rizzuto had turn out to be a income printing operation for structured criminal offense thanks to the complicity of those people who ran the heart,” Rosy Bindi reported.
“This operation displays the capability of the mafia to acquire advantage of the weaknesses and fragility of our periods with its predatory and parasitic tactic,” she added.
Police reported many of those people arrested belonged to the Arena clan of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia — Italy’s most impressive structured criminal offense group and one of Europe’s greatest cocaine importers.
The police statement reported the Arena clan was suspected of successful contracts to give catering for migrants both in the Isola Capo Rizzuto heart and on the southern island of Lampedusa, which is on the front line of the migrant disaster.
Additional than half a million migrants have attained Italy considering the fact that 2014, largely by boat from neighboring Libya. The governing administration has set up reception centers across the country to acquire treatment of the new arrivals.
The Isola Capo Rizzuto heart has home for much more than one,two hundred individuals, earning it one of the biggest in the country. The state provides it some sixteen million euros ($17.5 million) a calendar year to property and feed the migrants.
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(Reporting by Crispian Balmer Modifying by Mark Trevelyan)