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Italian mobsters have spread from the south
IN THE crime movie “The Italian Job” Charlie, played by Michael Caine, upsets a mafia leader by trespassing on his turf to steal gold. The storyline is foolish, although amusing: the movie is set in 1969 in Turin, when organised crime in Italy was confined to the south that is downtrodden.
No longer. On December 10th 61 individuals were detained by authorities in an operation against the ‘Ndrangheta, the mafia from Calabria, the toe of Italy. Such dragnets are not unusual. But this one was launched from Perugia, the capital of Umbria, a region renowned for Renaissance and delightful hilltop towns artwork–not for mobsters.
Operation Fourth Measure was the most startling indication of the pervasiveness of the conventional mafias in Italy. Police discovered evidence that Calabrian gangsters settled in Umbria had planned a murder and violently intimidated shopkeepers, contractors and …