Caserta

Two sons of late 'Kero' sugar entrepreneur arrested

Accused of Camorra ties, 200 million in assets seized

Two sons of late 'Kero' sugar entrepreneur arrested

Caserta, March 18 - Police in the southern Italian city of Caserta on Monday arrested five, including two sons of a deceased, well-known sugar entrepreneur, and seized assets worth about 200 million euros. Police arrested Biagio and Franco Passarelli on charges related to collusion with the Casalesi clan of the Camorra organized crime group. The Passarelli brothers are sons of the late Dante Passarelli, who was known for Caserta's famed Kero brand sugar and who died under mysterious circumstances. Both have been transferred to prison, including Franco Passarelli was already under house arrest. Also arrested were Franco Passarelli's wife, Susanna Cantelli, along with Giuseppe Ammaliato and Giuseppe Errico. The three stand accused of having stolen 10 tons of sugar, then under legal sequester, from the family company in July 2010. The assets seized on Monday include Kero's holding company, Commerciale Europea.

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