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Mafia: seized property for 2 million euro to a member of a clan in Catania. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 November 2010 18:55

CATANIA - Property for two million euro, including companies, real estate, land, vehicles and bank accounts were seized by the Anti-Mafia Investigation Department of Catania, to an alleged member of Cosa Nostra, Antonio Castorina, 57 years old, a native of Santa Venerina (CT).

The man has been sentenced by the Assize Court of Appeals for eleven years and two months of imprisonment, with sentence become final in 2002, to having been a member of the mafias' association Santapaola-Ercolano.

The confiscation, under the Anti-mafia's rules, was ordered by the Court of Catania on the basis of investigations conducted by the DIA that found strong differences between declared income and assets owned, which, according to the prosecution, would be attributable to illegal activity related to a comprehensive and long-standing relationship affiliate to Mafia.

The confiscation comes from a detailed investigations of the operations center of Catania incorporated in a proposal initiated by the director of Dia, General of Carabinieri -  Antonio Girone.

According to the indictment, Castorina was considered the reference in Santa Venerina of the Ercolano-Santapaola clan. He was arrested for criminal association under the operations Ciclope and Dafne, in 1996 and 1997, remaining in prison from 1998 to 2006. One of his sons, Filippo Castorina, is accused of having replaced his father while latter was in prison, and was arrested in 2001 being held until 2004.

Investigations of the DIA of Catania,including technical and financial assets have shown that property not officially owned by Antonino Castorina were made payable, falsely, even to his family.

During the operation were seized: lands for 2,500 square meters and an elegant villa with swimming pool and four vehicles. Confiscating also a plumbing company; share capital of a cooperative that is engaged in the management of the service garage, and postal and banking relationships throughout the country.



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