People in Slovakia protest the murder of a journalist who investigated ties between politicians and the Italian mafia. Photo: Vladimir Simicek/AFP Italy’s anti-mafia chief warned Tuesday that the mafia is not just an Italian problem but a “globalizing” phenomenon whose influence is seeping into several European countries. “Organized crime is moving abroad, globalizing,” said Giuseppe Governale, the head of Italy’s anti-mafia investigative unit DIA during a meeting with the foreign press in Rome. Governale said that although the notorious Sicilian Cosa Nostra has “always been present in the United States, Canada and Australia”, the influence of the Calabrian mob, known as the ‘Ndrangheta, was “underestimated”. “The ‘Ndrangheta … is an extraordinarily powerful organization,” warned Governale. He said criminal organizations have contacts all over the world in countries where they operate, but insisted ‘Ndrangheta “tends to replicate abroad the structures it has established in Calabria”. In Brussels, for example, “they don’t buy just buildings but entire neighbourhoods”. READ ALSO: Governale added that Cosa Nostra, a notoriously ruthless criminal organization responsible for perpetrating deadly attacks in the past, was today “in great organizational difficulty after suffering substantial blows”. Most of the mob’s upper ranks have been arrested, with the exception of kingpin… Read full this story
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