A boss speaks: “So the State paid the ‘ndrangheta to dispose of toxic waste”

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Sentenced for drug trafficking. He collaborated with the Antimafia. Believed to be reliable, he has now handed many papers full of revelations to the judges.

 

From June 2004, “L’espresso” published a long series of articles concerning the international traffic of toxic and radioactive wastes. A work that had as first step the reconstruction of the Rosso case, the ship that in 1990 ran aground on a Calabrian beach and which is still, even today, at the investigation centre of the prosecutor office of Paola. As a result, the investigation of our newspaper widened to the whole affaire of the so-called ” cars of the sea”, the ships which, after the 80’s and 90’s would have sunk voluntarily with their load of toxic and nuclear wastes. Affairs of planetary dimension which have been investigated by the prosecutor office of he Calabrian region, and that would have involved tens of politicians and fixers, the secret services and industrialists, freemasons and the underworld. A scenario marked by the mysterious death of the Captain Natale De Grazia, key advisor of the investigators, as well as traces of hidden exchanges between Italy and Somalia during the period of the cooperation, according to some, cause of the of the journalists Ilaria Alpi and Miran Hrovatin.

Now, “L’espresso” came to know a new document. A long and detailed paper written by an ex boss of the ‘ndrangheta, who stayed anonymous for reasons of security. Formerly, he was a collaborator of justice and today, with a cumulation of penalty equal to thirty years for criminal association and international drug trafficking. He delivered in first-hand written pages to the Antimafia National Direction, with episodes he lived directly, and in which the revelations relative to the malicious sinking of the radioactive ships alternate with the ones concerning the international traffic of weapons and on the convergence with men of the State and of the secret services.

 

All material that, obviously,  must be examined in the smallest details by the magistrates, however they have been working for a long time on related fronts, in a way to confirm or refute all the responsibilities of the persons mentioned. Moreover, the sites will be verified with the greatest attention, Italian or not, where the author of the papers indicate the presence of the kegs with toxic and radioactive wastes. A path that “L’espresso” will follow step by step, with the hope to tell as fast as possible the truth on these grave facts.

 

The first boss of the ‘ndrangheta to understand the importance of the business of the toxic and radioactive wastes was Giuseppe Nirta. In 1982 he was the responsible of the territory of San Lucas and Mammasantissima, that is to say the supreme summit of the organization. That’s why he had contacts in Rome with agents of the secret services, of the freemasonry of the political sphere… The papers delivered to the Antimafia by an ex boss of the ‘ndrangheta begin like this. It precises: “So, I didn’t have direct contacts with the maximum summits of the family of San Lucas, to which I was affiliated, as my level was the so-called “sgarro”, and I managed only extortions. Nirta, however, was a distant cousin of my mother, and for this I had a preferential lane with him, who repeatedly assured me that the hazardous waste business would bring a lot of money into our coffers “.

To the rescue of the minister
“In particular”, it can be read, “Nirta explained to me that he had been proposed by the Minister of Defence Lelio Lagorio, with whom he had relations through the undersecretary for Transportation Nello Vincelli and the Honorable Vito Napoli, to stock cans of toxic wastes and hide it in some zones of Calabria. The ventilated hypothesis in Rome was to bury them in some points of the Aspromonte and in the natural marine pits that were in front of the Ionian coasts of Calabria. But Nirta told me that he did not want to take this responsibility on his own, and would then summon the main leaders of the ‘ndrangheta in the province of Reggio Calabria to decide what to do. He also informed me that both the Neapolitan Camorra and the Sicilian Mafia had already been questioned on the disposal of waste, and that they had given their approval. The thing anyway “, writes the former boss,” did not develop immediately. There were a series of meetings in the following months that took place outdoors at the Polsi sanctuary, in the mountains behind San Lucas, where the annual meeting of the whole ‘ndrangheta was held. To these meetings, participated the families of Melito Porto Salvo in the person of the Natale Iamonte, of Africo in the person of Giuseppe Morabito, of Platì in the person of Giuseppino Barbaro, of Sinopoli in the person of Domenico Alvaro, of Gioiosa Marina in the person of Salvatore Aquino and of course of San Luca in the person of Giuseppe Nirta. Nirta himself told me the details, because he had decided that I would have to take care of the organizational aspect of the San Luca family, and so I had to know the structure and the most important businesses “.

“From these reunions”, writes the ex boss, “However a common front did not emerge. They were divergences of opinion, because we did not want dangerous substances to be buried in Aspromonte, a territory loved by the chiefs and at the same time an area where the kidnappers were usually hidden. In the end it was decided to enter the big business of hazardous waste, with the agreement that each family would manage the activities in mutual respect but for their own business. We tried to find places outside of Calabria, or abroad, and at the end the choice fell with regard to Italy on Basilicata, because nobody’s land from the point of view of the underworld. As far as abroad, contacts were made with the Turkish mafia, referent of the ‘ndrangheta for the purchase of heroin, and the person to whom we referred was Mehmet Serdar Alpan, who was also a sponsor of the Gray Wolves. From this moment, my bosses began to inform me constantly about how evolved the situation, and my first direct commitment in the area of the dangerous wastes started at the end of the year 1986, even if the operation had a prologue in the spring of 1983.

“It was then”, explained the ex Boss in his papers, “that he was sent to Rome by Sebastiano Romeo, who had succeeded Nirta in the previous months as head of the family of San Lucas. He wanted me to meet the lawyer Giorgio De Stefano, cousin of the boss Paolo De Stefano of the Reggina family and a man with powerful political connections. Romeo told me that I had to show him in which foreign countries there were entrances to dispose the toxic and radioactive wastes. De Stefano told me that the ideal place was Somalia, pointing out that it would have been useful to make contact with the leaders of the Socialist Party. Then, again through the lawyer De Stefano, I had an appointment in Rome with Pietro Bearzi, then secretary general of the Chamber of Commerce for Somalia. We met in a hotel behind Via Cristoforo Colombo, where I told him explicitly that we had identified Somalia to dispose of toxic and radioactive wastes, and so I asked him if he could help us. A disturbance, I told him generically, that he would be generously paid. He gave me his availability, asking me at what level we moved, and I replied vaguely that we had the necessary political contacts “.

Six hundred cans in Basilicata
“We left telling ourselves that we would be reviewed with a detailed plan,” the former boss continues. “So I told all the details to Sebastiano Romeo, who only told me:” It’s all right, but do not do things in a hurry. “Adding, as he loved to do, a proverb:” The cat who is in a hurry gives birth to blind children ” In fact, we did not deal with those matters until October 1986, when I was living in Reggio Emilia to handle the drug trafficking of the San Luca family in Emilia Romagna and Lombardy, and in this context I did business with the Musì family of Platì. whose head was Domenico, called ‘u Fascist for his dictator’s expression, who was free waiting for trial but for an ordinance could not reside in Calabria, reason why he had moved to Nova Siri, in the province of Matera. He asked me for a meeting “, he says,” and told me that there were 600 cans containing toxic and radioactive wastes to disappear, asking if my family and I could be interested in the various transport and placement phases. all the questions how much we would have earned, and who had proposed this work. He explained that he had been approached by Dr. Tommaso Candelieri dell’Enea of ​​Rotondella, which at the time stored garbage from Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States, and that was at this precise moment that he had the need to make these disappear kegs that had been deposited in two sheds of Enea itself. As for the money, I would have pocketed 660 million for all phases of the operation. This is why I met Giuseppe Romeo, brother of Sebastiano, in Piazzale Loreto, who then went down to Calabria to report. After a week, he returned to Milan and gave me the signal. ” As support “, explains the former boss of the ‘ndrangheta,” Musitano gave me the availability of his son-in-law, Giuseppe Arcadi, who helped me to find the trucks and drivers for the transport of the wastes. We calculated that for 600 kegs it would take about 40 vehicles, which had to take the bins from the sheds to Rotondella, transport them to the port of Livorno and load them on a ship that would leave for Somalia. Everything seemed ready, “he writes,” but Musitano was killed by the ‘Ndrangheta in front of the Court of Reggio Calabria, where he had been summoned for a hearing. This momentarily stopped our work, which however resumed in January 1987, because the same Musitano shortly before his death I had presented Candelieri, with whom I had made the first agreements in the course of a meeting at the Musitano house itself “.

in Livorno to Mogadishu
“The ship we used for the operation”, writes the ex boss, “was called Lynx, it was owned by Fyord Tanker Shipping of Malta and the broker was Fin-Chart, which was based in Rome and was linked to the company Swiss Achair & Partners, both headed by the company Zuana Achire, which was headquartered in Singapore and whose administrator was Indonesian citizen Gurda Ceso. “It explains”, the former boss writes,” that the Lynx ship had been chartered by the company to Opera Jelly Wax, by Renato Pent, to whom I had asked for coverage after I had been told by the secretary general of the Italo-Somali Chamber of Commerce, Pietro Bearzi. The fact is that, according to our calculations, there would have been only 500 kegs, and therefore the problem was where to dispose of the other 100. So we decided to proceed with a double plan: 500 barrels would leave for Somalia, while the remaining 100 would be hidden in Basilicata. in fact, I ordered that they would be transported and buried in the municipality of Pisticci, in the locality of Coste della Cretagna, along the the river Vella “.

“I took part in the operation, which took place between 10 and 11 January 1987,” says the former boss. “We left with the 40 trucks loaded in Rotondella around two o’clock in the morning and an hour later we arrived with seven or eight of them at the river Vella, where the hole was filled, which was filled with the barrels and then covered. To prepare the pit, the machinery had been made available by Agostino Ferrara, a man from Musitano who lived in Nova Siri, who also procured the lights to illuminate the area. In the same hours, the other trucks continued to the port of Livorno, where the Lynx and where I finished my work in Basilicata, I too came aboard my Lancia Thema with Giuseppe Arcadi.The invoices with false descriptions to take the toxic and radioactive wastes had been prepared by an accountant in Milan, presented to me by the accountant Vito Roberto Palazzolo of Terrasini (today fugitive), and were headed to the International consulting office of Djibouti, the ship in fact departed from Livorno to Djibouti, but instead of docking reached Mo gadiscio. At that point, the support that I had asked the secretary general of the Italian-Somali Chamber of Commerce, who had organized trucks and labor for the unloading from the ship and the truckload, came into action. “Wastes “, he says,” were taken to the  mouth of the Uebi Scebeli river, where they were buried for good with the excavators available on site, in agreement with the tribal chief of the Musasadi Yalaitow area. “All the work”, tells the former boss, “it cost us 260 million, which were added to the compensation. As for the 660 million agreed, they came from the “whiskey” account of the Swiss Bank of Italian Lugano. The fixer Marino Ganzerla met me in the same Lugano in early February and paid me in cash for Candelieri. He gave me the dollar amount, and I sent 500 million lire to the San Luca family. ”

Uranium, Kalashnikov and bribes
“The operation,” continues the ex boss, “was smooth and all were satisfied, so a few years later (in the meantime I was in prison) we repeated the work, this time I was in contact with Candelieri. In November of 1992 I asked him about the family of San Luca if there were any business to do , I went personally to his office at Enea di Rotondella and his reply was that “in that field the work never fails.” In this case he referred to the transport of another thousand trash cans of toxic and radioactive wastes. We specified that there were sludge and hospital waste and that it was uranium oxide, cesium and strontium, all contained in barrels which in turn had been placed in 20 containers 25 meters long and 6 owned by the Merzario Marittima company, which also controlled the entry of ships in the new port of Mogadishu on behalf of the Somali authorities, to organize everything “, writes the former boss,” I contacted Mirko Martini, I met him at the end of 1992. His name was given to me by Giuseppe Romeo, brother of the boss Sebastiano, who had known him personally and had guaranteed me to be the right person for our business. Precise that Martini was a fixer with the title of count who lived in Piacenza and had his residence in Mogadishu, where he was in business with Omar Mugne, owner of Shifco, company owner of the ships that the Italian government had given to the Somali. “During a dinner at the Hilton hotel in Milan “, he continues,” I explained to the same Martini that I had to transport hazardous waste in Somalia and I needed support in the port. He replied by literally telling me to be “intimate of the interim president of Somalia Ali Mahdi, as well as a man of the Italian secret services and well connected to the American CIA”, adding that as far as Somalia was concerned there was no problem to make enter anything. He also explained to me that he was already carrying arms trafficking to Mogadishu on behalf of Ali Mahdi, and he asked me to get those weapons to make a single shipment with two ships that he would have recovered himself. “The fishing vessels in question,” explains the former boss, “were the Mohamuud Harbi and the Osman Raghe properties, both owned by Shifco, which in turn was headed by the Al Mahdi Group Company.” They were 75 cases of Kalashnikovs, 25 cases of ammunition and 30 of Uzi machine guns, which were loaded into Ukraine by the Ukrespets Export factory on board the Jadran Express with Maltese flag, rented on my behalf by the lawyer Pasquale Ciola of Ostuni and his friend Pasquale Locatelli, who had companies in Gibraltar, Cyprus and Croatia that were called Rio Plata Limited and Business Investiment Company.Jadran “, he says,” stopped in Trieste, where the weapons were loaded on two trucks and transferred to the port of La Spezia, where they were transhipped inside a port shed waiting to be re-embarked on the Mohamuud Harbi. Meanwhile, Martini paid the Ukrespets Export 375 million lire by making a transaction through the Kreditna Banka of Trieste. I also worried about organizing the traffic of toxic and radioactive waste. In addition to the containers, the Merzario Marittima also supplied 20 lorries, which loaded the waste at the Enea del Garigliano plant, where there were also Candelieri to oversee the operations. Then the waste arrived at the port of Livorno and were loaded on Osman Raghe. The ships Mohamuud Harbi and Osman Raghe left Italy at the same time and arrived in the early days of February 1993 in the new port of Mogadishu. “There, “he reads,” were waiting for men and means made available by Giancarlo Marocchino, a dear friend of Mirko Martini and at that time very powerful in Somalia, who used trucks kept in a warehouse on the fourth kilometer of the airport road. The weapons were then brought to the headquarters of Ali Mahdi, while the wastes were transferred to different points. A quarter was buried at kilometer 150 of the road between Berbera and Sillil, in the coastal area of ​​the Bosaso. Another quarter was brought to the mouth of the Webi Jubba river, near the border with Kenya. Another quarter was buried in the short stretch of road between Dhurbo and Ceel Gaal, in the Bosaso, and the last quarter was buried under the Garoe-Bosaso road, at 37.700 km.”
“The operation”, said the former boss of the ‘ndrangheta, “was once again without problems and provided for various payments. The contact Abdoullahi Yussuf for the availability of the territory wanted 1 billion 200 million lire, which were paid to him by candlesticks in Switzerland at the Credit Suisse in Lugano, where I personally accompanied him to the bank, I took 8 billion 800 million in cash from Candelieri, which I withdrew to the Hellenic Bank of Sarajevo. Of these, 350 million went to Mirko Martini, 300 I spent in various organization, 200 million were used to pay for the transport of ships, while in Morocco I had 400 million through Marino Ganzerla. In the end, I celebrated the good result with several members of the Romeo family by renting the entire “Piccolo padre” restaurant in Milan, near Piazza Cinque giornate “.

The torpedoes of the engineer Comerio
“Those that I have reported up to now are only a few episodes, compared to the reality of the time”, writes the former boss. “At that time the traffic of toxic and radioactive waste was very practiced. There were many wheelers who carried out this kind of activity on behalf of the international governments, which already in the eighties did not know where to place these huge quantities of hazardous materials. “One of the most important personages I have come to know “, say the papers,” was the engineer Giorgio Comerio, who managed the ODM project (Oceanic disposal management), developed by the Organization for Cooperation and economic development (OECD) and then managed by him autonomously to shoot radioactive garbage in missiles under the seabed. “Comerio moved to international government levels, and the people he contacted in the various states, Europeans or otherwise, knew he had the support for put his submarine studio into practice, he told me that the backdrops of Sierra Leone were the best for his business , because I do not know why they welcomed their torpedoes with radioactive wastes. I met Comerio in early April 1993 in Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro, a small town in the Yugoslavian mountains. I had gone there to meet the fugitive for jousting Giuseppe Giorgi, who was part of the San Luca family. On this occasion we went to a local restaurant for dinner, where Comerio, who was at table with a girl, was found. I had never seen it before, it was Giorgi who pointed it out to me and said that in the Comerio area he had various weapons movements, and that he was able to find any weapon, both light and heavy. Then he introduced me to him and we sat down at his table while the girl was turned away from Comerio. “” It was a cautious and positive meeting at the same time “, say the papers,” in the sense that we made so many interesting but generic speeches. We then met again in mid-April in a restaurant in San Bovio di Garlasco, in the province of Pavia, where Comerio lived in a villa that he showed me from the outside. In the meantime I had been asked by a member of the militia army of a certain quantity of weapons, so I asked Comerio if he had any entrances in some factory. He replied that he had excellent relations with the German Thyssen, and that he gladly gave me that contact because he had a percentage on the sales he had procured. The deal was made in 1994, while I was in prison in Padua for drug trafficking. But the same evening Comerio made me an offer, proposing me the purchase of 50 Antonov model 12 and 22 aircraft and others Iljusin 76. A proposal that I did not collect because I did not know at that time where to place them. On the other hand I learned that it was accepted by Victor Butt, a Ukrainian graduate from the Russian military academy, who in 1995 founded an airline in Ostend and subsequently registered it in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. He then transferred the planes to Sharjah and Ajman, the United Arab Emirates, and sold them to the Liberia government. ”

So I was sinking radioactive ships
“Always with Giorgio Comerio”, continues the former boss, “the family of San Luca in 1995 made another deal concerning the niobium, usually used to build nuclear reactors.” On that occasion, he asked Giuseppe Giorgi, called ‘ u goat, son-in-law of the boss Sebastiano Romeo, to transport a certain amount of that substance, and the thing went in. The niobium was loaded onto a container and transported by plane of the Air Cess from Budapest to Sierra Leone, where Giuseppe Giorgi person gave it to the managers of the Transavia company. The family of San Luca received in return 250 million lire, and it was not a sporadic episode. The same Comerio told me that already in the eighties he had had several contacts with the ‘ndrangheta, and in particular with Natale Iamonte, head of the homonymous family of Melito Porto Salvo, who had helped him with the sinking of ships loaded with toxic and radioactive waste in international waters in front of the Calabrian Ionian coast.” Comerio “, he reads,” he explained to me that he sank ships laden with dangerous waste to obtain a double income, both from those who commissioned the transport, and from the insurance that was defrauded. His words were then confirmed by the same Iamonte, who explained to me how Comerio had asked him to provide the ship’s personnel for the sinking of Riegel, the ship of the company May Fair Shipping of Malta, chartered by Fjord Tanker Shipping , in turn leased to another company whose name I can not remember, sent to peak in September 1987 in front of Capo Spartivento. Iamonte told me that the sinking had occurred 25 miles outside the territorial waters. The ‘ndrangheta had provided the captain and his Italian help, while the rest of the crew came from various nations. Always Iamonte started a motorboat from the coast with the sticks of dynamite to sank the Riegel, after which the captain and the aid were reported on the coast of Capo Spartivento, while the crew was taken from the Yugoslavian Karpen ship located in area, which brought it to Tunisia ”

“I myself”, continues the former boss, “I dealt with sinking ships full of toxic and radioactive wastes. In the sector I had close relations in the early eighties with the great private shipping company Ignazio Messina, of which I had met an emissary with the boss Paolo De Stefano of Reggio Calabria, we met in a pastry shop in Viale San Martino in Messina, where we talked about the possibility of supplying the San Luca family with ships for any illicit traffic. He was assured that they would not be any problem, and in fact later it happened. To be precise in 1992, when in a couple of weeks we have sunk three ships indicated by the company Messina: according to the order the Yvonne A, the Cunski and the Voriais Sporadais. He contacted the San Luca family and agreed with Giuseppe Giorgi in mid-October. Giorgi came to see me in Milan, where I lived at the time, and we met at the New Mexico bar in Corso Buenos Aires to organize the operation for all ships. The Yvonne A, told us the Ignazio Messina, transported 150 sludge bins, the Cunski 120 radioactive waste bins and the Voriais Sporadais 75 bins of various toxic-harmful substances. He also informed us that the boats were all off the Calabrian coast near Cetraro, in the province of Cosenza. Giorgi and I went to Cetraro and made arrangements with an exponent of the family of ‘Ndrangheta Muto, to whom we asked for manpower. We got in touch with the captains of the ships through a shack and we arranged for each of them within a fortnight to move. Yvonne A first went off Maratea, the Cunski then moved to international waters at Cetraro and Voriais Sporadais lastly sent it off the coast of Genzano. Then we set off three fishing vessels supplied by the Muto family and each of these reached the three ships to place sticks of dynamite and sink them, loading the crews to bring them ashore. The men recovered “, it is read in the memorial,” have been put on trains in northern Italy. After all, I returned to Milan, while Giuseppe Giorgi went to get the 150 million lire for the ship from Ignazio Messina that had been agreed upon “.

Very secret services
“I know for sure”, says the former boss of the ‘Ndrangheta, “that many other sinkings occurred at that time, at least thirty, organized by other families, but I did not take care of it myself. I also know that in 1994 the San Luca family bought three ships, one in Norway called Aoxum, taken through Valentino Foti, an Italian resident in Brussels on the board of the Swiss bank Fimo AG, another named Marylijoan bought in France from Marseilles by the Sicilian clerk Cipriano Micciché and a third named Monika bought in Germany in Baden Baden through the Ljubljana Dusan Luin. All three buyers were close to the ‘ndrangheta and members of the Masonic Lodge Montecarlo, with the number of entry 33. “That said ” , states the former boss, “I was not surprised to know that such trades took place with similar frequency, because the cover necessary for not having problems had been in place for some time. In particular, I and the family of San Luca had direct relations with some exponents in view of the secret services. As I have already written, in the early 1980s Giuseppe Nirta called a meeting of the chiefs after being contacted by the Ministry of Defence, and at that moment he was also contacted by two collaborators of Sismi, Giorgio Giovannini and Giovanni Di Stefano, who asked to the San Luca family if they were willing to supply labor for carrying toxic and radioactive waste in Somalia on behalf of Italian companies that no longer knew where to put them. “Of the thing “, writes the former boss of the ‘Ndrangheta,” was aware of the secretary of the Psi Bettino Craxi, didn’t follow the affaires but he just asked that the services were taken care of.  Giovannini himself explained to Nirta that because of the too close friendship between him and Craxi, known to all, it was better that in the future the relationships were held by Francesco Corneli and Colonel Stefano Giovannone, both close to the Sisde. In fact, my first contact was made by telephone and then in person in 1987 with Corneli, whom I saw at the Hotel Barberini in Rome. It was on the occasion of the deal with the Enea of ​​Rotondella. We needed cover at the port of Livorno to load the bins, and he got it. When we introduced ourselves, one of his men told us that no one would disturb us, and so it was.”

First De Michelis, then Pillitteri
“Even in 1993”, according to the former boss’s papers, “the business with Enea involved Corneli. This time he gave us the protection both at the port of La Spezia and at Livorno. Furthermore,  Corneli asked me to load on the ship that left from La Spezia for Somalia some cases of weapons that had to be delivered to Giancarlo Marocchino. I was later arrested, but the relations between secret services and my family of the ‘Ndrangheta have continued, and still are constant the with politicians, I quote for example the meeting that I had in December 1992 at the restaurant Villa Luppis in Pasiano di Pordenone with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Gianni De Michelis, which as I explained to the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Reggio Calabria I already knew Well, I drove from Milan with Consolato Ferraro, representative of the ‘Ndrangheta reggina for Lombardy, and when we arrived we sat down at table with De Michelis and Attilio Bressan, an entrepreneur of the place that I had previously met and was a close friend of the minister. “De Michelis “, says the former boss,” was witty, he said that without the politicians we would not have existed in the underworld, and that if the policy had wanted to sweep it would have done without problems. He said so because that year there were the murders of Falcone and Borsellino, and had been amended the so-called law on the pentiti. He said that even if these repentants had unveiled facts related to politics, it would have been a boomerang, as politicians would still have pulled out and vindicated themselves.”

I also spoke with De Michelis of Somalia, weapons and wastes. He claimed that the politicians could carry anything even without the collaboration of the ‘Ndrangheta, and that they used us for convenience. I replied that what he was saying was true, but it was also true that politicians could sit in Parliament thanks to our votes”. ” In that meeting “, continues the former boss,” we then talked about investments that the San Luca’s family wanted to do in Milan. De Michelis said that if we needed to buy premises, we could turn back to Paolo Pillitteri, and so we did. It was decided during a meeting between various bosses that took place immediately afterwards in Milan in the “Pierrot” restaurant, in the Ripamonti area, in which I also took part. On that occasion Antonio Papalia, representative of the ‘ndrangheta aspromontana area in Lombardy, offered to introduce us Pillitteri, with whom he had already concluded business. The presentation took place in his office in Piazza Duomo and in addition to Papalia there were me, Stefano Romeo and Giuseppe Giorgi. Thanks to the good offices of Pillitteri, the San Luca family had purchased a bar in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which was then seized because it was bought with dirty money, that of another bar in via Fabio Filzi and other premises of which I have heard but that I have not followed directly “.

“I precise”, concludes the former boss, “that since 1994 I started working with the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Reggio Calabria on the issues of organized crime and international drug trafficking, and since then I have not done any more work on behalf of the ‘ndrangheta “.

Sources: http://m.espresso.repubblica.it/attualita/cronaca/2005/06/09/news/parla-un-boss-cosi-lo-stato-pagava-la-ndrangheta-per-smaltire-i-rifiuti-tossici-1.583