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Mafia clan that ruled Rome's seafront stripped of assets worth millions

Rome Prosecutor Michele Prestipino Giarritta leaves after a press conference at the finance police headquarters in 2018. Italian finance police seized 18.7 million euros (21,6 million dollars) worth of assets in an anti-mafia operation against the local crime Spada clan, who was controlling the seaside Rome suburb of Ostia. File picture: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Rome Prosecutor Michele Prestipino Giarritta leaves after a press conference at the finance police headquarters in 2018. Italian finance police seized 18.7 million euros (21,6 million dollars) worth of assets in an anti-mafia operation against the local crime Spada clan, who was controlling the seaside Rome suburb of Ostia. File picture: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Published Apr 22, 2020

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Rome - The Spada family, a Mafia clan that lorded over Rome's

seaside suburb of Ostia, has had more than 18 million euros (19.5

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million dollars) in assets confiscated, Italian police said on

Wednesday.

They were stripped of bakeries, bars, petrol stations, gyms, dance

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schools, gambling shops, car dealerships and other businesses, plus

more than a dozen vehicles.

The Spada had built up their business empire on profits from

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extortion, loansharking and drug trafficking, the Guardia di Finanza

financial police said in a statement.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, in a tweet, spoke of a "heavy blow for the

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Spada clan" and thanked the Guardia di Finanza and Rome judges who

authorized the police sting.

One of the confiscated businesses was a boxing gym where a scion of

the Spada clan, Roberto, in 2017 assaulted a journalist from RAI

public television who had come to Ostia to report on his family.

Following the notorious incident, the Spada family was hit with a

wave of arrests and trials. In September, Roberto Spada and two of

his relatives were given a life sentence for Mafia association.

The Ostia area, where more than 200,000 people live, has long been

associated with organized crime. Its local government was suspended

during 2015-2017 for Mafia infiltration.

dpa

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