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In Castelldefels, the capo of the Italian mafia, who had been wrongly released by the National Court, was arrested

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Local police in Castelldefels last night arrested Vittorio Raso, an alleged Italian mafia boss who was wrongly released by the National Court in Barcelona in October 2020 and remained on the run. Raso was stopped during a routine check this Tuesday and driving with false papers, according to police sources consulted by EL PAÍS. When agents checked his fingerprints, several requests were skipped, including Italy’s European arrest warrant for alleged leaders of the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia.

Raso has been on the run for almost two years. The National Police had been looking for him since October 2020 when the National Court wrongly released him. The court claimed he was unaware that Italy was looking for him in addition to an extortion crime because he was a capo of the ‘Ndrangheta. But his arrest had hit all the media just a day earlier, when the National Police issued a press release reporting Raso’s arrest as the leader of the Calabrian mafia. defined him as one vangelo: a “prominent figure of the Calabrian organization” dedicated to the “drug and arms trade”.

Then the National Court declared that the first arrest issued by Italy was only a crime of extortion. The Reinforcement Judge of the Central Instructional Court 6 of the National Supreme Court, Alejandro Abascal, heard him via videoconference from the L’Hospitalet city of justice and ordered his release on charges of drugging police and officers. Police sources insisted that Raso’s arrest It was accompanied by a more than three-page report detailing the sentences of 15 and 20 years for the crime of extortion and an additional 20 years for drug trafficking as a member of the ‘Ndrangheta.

Just two hours after his testimony, Italian police expanded the Sirene Bureau (a data-sharing mechanism between states) and told the national court that he was also wanted for drug trafficking as a leader of the ‘Ndrangheta. But it was already too late, Raso had left the dungeons of the City of Justice. When the National Police arrested him again at his home on Diagonal Avenue in an area of high reputation in Barcelona there was no trace of him. Sources close to the alleged mobster said the man happened to be out of the house for a coffee and when he returned he found they had re-entered his apartment and he was climbing because he felt unsafe to be searched twice by him.

The two extortions Raso was wanted for date from 2012 and 2016. He is accused of extorting people to whom the ‘Ndrangheta had left between 40,000 and 50,000 euros with 10% monthly interest. According to Italian police, he used force to collect it. He is also credited with a crime of hashish trafficking between Italy and Spain. Raso’s arrest in Spain was followed by an operation in Turin against “persons closely associated” with Raso. The Italian police found more than 360,000 euros, 13 kilos of drugs and weapons: a pistol, a carbine and a machine gun.

His release caused great dissatisfaction with the national police, who saw the man who had been persecuted since 2018 flee again, first in Malaga, where police said he had protection from the Calabrian mafia. They later found out that he had moved to Barcelona. When he was first arrested on October 10, 2020, he used false documents.

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The ‘Ndrangheta is the most powerful mafia in Italy and can move around 43,000 million euros a year, according to Catanzaro prosecutors. This is the mob with the most subsidiaries scattered all over the world. The money Raso allegedly collected was later used to feed the criminal organization again.

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