The prosecutor of Reggio Calabria, with the adjunct Gaetano Paci and the prosecutor Giulia Pantano, asks for the indictment of 76 affiliates of the clans of the ‘Ndrangheta of Santa Eufemia di Aspromonte and Sinopoli, and disputes the crime of electoral exchange of Mafia politicians with the clan Laurendi to the senator of Forza Italia Marco Siclari and to the former regional councilor of the Brothers of Italy Domenico Creazzo. For Siclari the district anti-mafia prosecutor had asked for house arrest and therefore authorization to proceed to the Senate: but the council, chaired by Maurizio Gasparri, has been convened and reconvened for a year without a final vote. In the last session, the defense of Siclari asked to acquire a recent sentence acquitting Domenico Laurendi from the crime of mafia association. Crime that is again challenged by the prosecutor in this investigation.
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Creazzo, first of the elected on the list of Giorgia Meloni’s party at the last regional, ended up under house arrest, confirmed in September by the Supreme Court.
According to the prosecutor, «Did Siclari accept, through the intermediary Giuseppe Galletta, the promise to procure votes from Domenico Laurendi, belonging to the local ‘Ndrangheta di Santa Eufemia of the Alvaro mafia family, in exchange for the promise of disbursement of profits? or in any case the willingness to satisfy the interests and needs of the mafia association ». Among the first advantages obtained, at the request of the clan, “Annalisa Zoccali, relative of Natale Lupoi, (head and organizer of the Alvaro di Sinopoli mafia gang) was transferred from an Italian post office to that of Messina”.
Creazzo instead, as mayor of Santa Eufemia di Aspromonte and candidate for the regional council with the Brothers of Italy according to the prosecutors “accepted, through the intermediary Antonino Creazzo (his brother, ed), the promise to procure votes from Domenico Laurendi , belonging to the local ndrangheta di Santa Eufemia of the Alvaro mafia family, in exchange for the promise of disbursement of utility? or in any case of availability? to satisfy the interests and needs of the mafia association ». But Creazzo, having obtained the candidacy in the Brothers of Italy party, accepted the promise to procure votes for him also from Domenico Alvaro, a leading exponent of the Alvaro mafia family, already? convicted in the Xenopolis case. Among the various utilities? promises were the finding of work in companies in Northern Italy, “the provision of properties for illicit meetings in favor of Alvaro Domenico and finding work at the Gambarie Park for Alvaro Cosimo”. Furthermore, his brother, Antonino Creazzo, «to obtain the electoral vote of 20 Sinopolese boys and their families made them obtain a private job in companies in Northern Italy that he cared for for reasons connected with his work. Furthermore, in order to obtain a package of votes from the entrepreneurs Sacco Domenico and Sacco Francesco, he promised the hiring of a close relative, employed by his brother-candidate as regional councilor Creazzo Domenico, with the duties of “bag carrier” ».
But there is more. At one point, to convince his brother to vote, Antonino Creazzo asks for the intervention of a great boss. According to the prosecutor “in agreement with Antonino Creazzo, Vitalone Francesco asked his uncle Vitalone Giorgio, an authoritative figure in the field of organized crime, to make a trip from Germany to Calabria with the aim of organizing a meeting with a group of twenty boys (the whose vote had already been “bought” in exchange for a job that had been found for them) delegated to carry out the collection of votes “door to door” in the Aspromonte area, putting pressure in turn on the electorate, through the request to the voter to document the vote through the photograph of the ballot paper bearing the preference expressed.
During the meeting organized by Vitalone Francesco in agreement with Creazzo Antonino, with the participation of Vitalone Giorgio, who evoked with his mere presence the control of the regional elections by the mafia organization Alvaro, a major activism in the search for votes, among other things according to a specific directive “drawn up” by the ndrangheta (the “documentation” of the vote by the electorate), with the threat, moreover, of making them lose the job that had been found for them in exchange for the business? request”.
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The Eufemia operation, however, has dealt a blow to the local clans, and the prosecutor is seeking judgment for another 74 affiliated to the ‘Ndrangheta and belonging to the Laurendi, Alvaro and Cannizzaro mafia families, all at war with each other. The accusations range from money laundering to drug trafficking, from possession of weapons to the threat of attacks on assets confiscated by the state.
Source: L'Espresso – News, inchieste e approfondimenti Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.
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