12 Dec '11, 12pm

Italian police seize $172 million in mafia assets

ROME (AFP) - Italian police on Monday seized 100 million euros (S$172 million) in mafia assets including bank accounts, land and a discotheque as part of a vast operation against the Naples crime syndicate, the Camorra. Police seized numerous small businesses - many in the construction industry - as well as land, cars, the Beach Cafe disco near Rimini, and up to 10 bank accounts per suspect in a raid sweeping from Naples to the north of Italy. The operation followed the arrest last week of 57 people associated with the powerful Casalesi clan in the north of Naples, on various charges including Camorra membership, as well as extortion, election fraud and money laundering. The Casalesi clan is one of the bloodiest and most powerful of the Camorra and was at the centre of the book 'Gomorrah' by investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, which was made into an award-winning film.

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