15 arrested in new 'Ndrangheta Liguria probe

Investigation stems from dissolution of two cities for mafia

15 arrested in new 'Ndrangheta Liguria probe

Imperia, December 3 - Italian police on Monday arrested 15 people in a probe into alleged links between the Calabrian-based 'Ndrangheta mafia and politicians and businessmen in two cities on the French-Italian border whose councils were dissolved for mafia infiltration. A mayor in a town near Imperia in Liguria was placed under investigation in the fresh probe stemming from the dissolution of the councils of Bordighera in March 2011 and Ventimiglia in February 2012. Police said they had gathered new evidence of 'Ndrangheta's ability to "influence electoral competitions at the local level as well as their relations with politics and their economic interests". 'Ndrangheta, Italy's richest mafia thanks to its control of the European cocaine trade, has spread from its Calabrian base and has extensive interests in the affluent regions of the north, police say.

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