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COSA NOSTRA APARTMENT SEIZED IN PADUA

Assets for 800,000 euro and in particular an apartment belonging to the Muncivì family – linked to Cosa Nostra – has been seized in Padova (Northeast Italy). This is considered another evidence of the presence of the Mafia in the Veneto region.

SCOTLAND: CRIMINAL GANGS LOOK TO RENEWABLES BOOM TO LAUNDER MILLIONS

ORGANISED criminal gangs in Scotland are eyeing the renewables industry, including windfarms, as a potential way of laundering money, police have said.

The Scottish Crime and Drugs Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) is particularly wary after gangs targeted similar projects abroad.
The agency believes criminals may attempt to use legitimate businesses as a front so they are able to secure large grants that are available in what is a growing industry.

IS THE ANTI-MAFIA CERTIFICATE REALLY USEFUL?

A provocative suggestion made by Piero Grasso – the national anti-mafia prosecutor – is to change the certificate of non-involvement in organised crime into a sort of “white-list” of good-behaving enterprises. The presence of the anti-mafia certificate currently influences the issuance of licences by the Public Administration and the very possibility of entering into contracts with the Public Administration, but this system can be simply eluded by the use of figureheads.

SOUTH AFRICA’S CAPITAL OF ORGANISED CRIME

Cape Town’s image as South Africa’s crime-free paradise is being tainted by international underworld figures who flock to the city to ply their dubious trade.

In recent weeks, Serbian fugitive Dobrosav Gavric, Russian Igor Russol and Moroccan Houssain Ait Taleb have made appearances in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

They have all been branded by police as underworld figures with links to organised crime.

ORGANIZED CRIME IN WEST AFRICA THE FOCUS OF TALKS BETWEEN UN ENVOY, INTERPOL

13 February 2012 – Transnational organized crime in West Africa, including illicit drug trafficking and the proliferation of illegal arms, as well as maritime piracy, dominated discussions today between a senior United Nations envoy and the head of the international police organization, Interpol.

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