According to Corriere della Sera, Bonavota was the only person on the run since the December 19, 2019, large-scale Rinascita (Rebirth) anti-mafia raid in which 334 people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in organized crime.
“Maybe I’m not the Pasquale you’re looking for. I was just here to say the rosary,” Bonavota told officers as they arrested him. He had personal documents issued in a false name.
Genoa: i #Carabinieri they arrested Pasquale Bonavota, a wanted man included in the list of fugitives of maximum danger, considered the promoter of the ‘Ndrangheta gang of Sant’Onofrio (VV). He was the last fugitive after Operation Scott-Rebirth pic.twitter.com/eP366TT5vb
— Arma dei Carabinieri (@_Carabinieri_) April 27, 2023
Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi highly praised the capture of Bonavota. “It’s a great success,” he said, adding that the capture of the mafia boss is a demonstration of “the great commitment of the judiciary and other authorities” in the fight against organized crime.
The ‘Ndrangheta is one of the most powerful mafia organizations in the world. It profits from the international trade in drugs, weapons, money laundering and corruption. Experts estimate that the ‘Ndrangheta’s annual turnover reaches up to one hundred billion euros (CZK 2.3 trillion).
At the beginning of the year, the Italian police caught another mobster, the boss of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, Matteo Messina Denaro, who escaped justice for thirty years.
A mobster eluded the police for 16 years. He was hiding as a cook in a pizzeria
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