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Italy’s feared ’Ndrangheta mafia clan spread tentacles into Tuscany

Italy’s most dangerous mafia clan has moved into Tuscany, buying businesses, dumping toxic waste in streams and using it to lay the foundation for roads through one of Italy’s most verdant regions, prosecutors claim. The ’Ndrangheta mafia from Calabria in southern Italy is accused of corrupting Tuscan politicians, winning public… Read More

Libya releases man described as one of world’s most wanted human traffickers

Libyan authorities have released a man described as one of the world’s most wanted human traffickers, who was placed under sanctions by the UN security council for being directly involved in the sinking of migrant boats. The coastguard commander Abd al-Rahman Milad, known by his alias Bija, is suspected of… Read More

Police seek arrest of Italian middleman in Vatican property deal

Italian magistrates have issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, a financial broker caught up in a scandal involving the Vatican’s purchase of a building in an upscale London area, police said on Monday. Financial police said in a statement that they were looking for Torzi and three Italian associates… Read More
12th April 2021
At 5am on a chilly Tuesday morning last month, 1,600 police officers and balaclava-wearing special forces, bristling with arms and battering rams, were ordered into action around the Belgian port city of Antwerp. More than 200 addresses were raided in what was the largest police operation ever conducted in the… Read More
8th April 2021
Staff at Italy’s national lottery hacked into company computers to identify winning numbers and claim €24 million for friends and family, police said. Luxury cars, villas, cash and shares have been seized after employees acquired enormous wealth while managing the popular scratch-and-win card scheme, which has paid out €90 billion… Read More
6th April 2021
A sophisticated human trafficking network dismantled in Colombia, illustrates a pattern in how Venezuelan citizens, particularly women, are recruited. On March 27, Colombian authorities managed to arrest and indict members of an organized criminal group (Grupo de Delincuencia Organizado – GDO) known as “Los PEP,” who… Read More
5th April 2021
OCCRP — The alleged leader of a criminal clan known as Group America who was arrested at the end of February in New York will remain in custody after a U.S. judge refused to set bail for him citing flight risk. A… Read More
30th March 2021
A Vatican official allegedly offered a businessman the services of a call girl as they negotiated the Holy See’s £300 million purchase of a landmark London property, according to a High Court ruling. Gianluigi Torzi claimed that Fabrizio Tirabassi, a senior lay official involved in the acquisition of an office… Read More
25th March 2021
“Every piece of pipeline equipment tells its own story,” is the slogan on the website of the Italian company Nuova Patavium. This motto is particularly apt considering this firm recently equipped a Russian vessel used in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. DW asks, what if that story… Read More
25th March 2021
Slovenian authorities have reportedly filed preliminary charges against an Italian woman on suspicion of laundering funds illegally obtained from the Vatican through Slovenian-registered companies. According to Slovenian daily Večer, criminal investigators in the capital city of Ljubljana have filed the preliminary charges against Cecilia Marogna and a Slovenian citizen they think may… Read More
18th March 2021
An Italian court acquitted oil companies Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Eni SpA, along with the latter’s chief executive, of bribery in connection with oil-drilling rights in Nigeria, ending a three-year trial that had shone a spotlight on the energy industry’s operations in Africa. Shell, Eni and individuals… Read More
17th March 2021
By Tom Warren, BuzzFeed News, 16 March 2021 BuzzFeed News — It looked like a major windfall for Nigeria’s taxpayers, more than half of whom were living in “absolute poverty.” Two giant energy companies were offering more than $1 billion to drill oil on a strip… Read More
16th March 2021
An Italian energy giant on trial in a $1.1bn (£790m) bribery and corruption case has been granted privileged access to senior EU officials to lobby for fossil fuel investment, an investigation has found. Eni and its chief executive Claudio Descalzi are on trial alongside Royal Dutch Shell in… Read More