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Naples mafia leader arrested in Spain

By Alethea Borgman     May 19, 2009 in Crime
The alleged notorious leader of the Camorra, the Neapolitan-based mafia organisation, is being held in Spain following his arrest in Marbella on Saturday, according to Italian prosecutors.
Raffaele Amato was taken into custody in a combined operation by Italian and Spanish police. The fugitive is accused of eight murders between 1991 and 1993, and of being "the principal, or one of the principal importers of cocaine into Italy" according to a BBC report today.
Amato was arrested whilst dining in a restaurant with two family members in the upmarket resort of Marbella. The 44-year-old fugitive had been living under a false identity on the Costa del Sol, an area in southern Spain, infamous for its criminal network and links with the mafia according to Police.
The escapee has been on the run since 2006, when a Naples court issued a warrant for his arrest for murder.
Police said Amato had once held the position of Deputy to the alleged mafia leader, Paolo Di Lauro, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2006 for Mafia association, extortion and drug trafficking. However, about five years ago the “deputy godfather” led a successful breakaway from Di Lauro and took control of the illegal drugs market in Naples, they added.
Italian police arrested Michele Bidognetti, a leading member of same mafia group in April and seized assets worth five million euros (6.5 million dollars), according to a report by AFP. Other figureheads linked with the criminal organisation were being investigated at the time of Bidognetti’s arrest.
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