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Ex-IRA terrorist extradited to Italy in Ndrangheta probe

Fitzsimons brought to Rome over real-estate investigation

Ex-IRA terrorist extradited to Italy in Ndrangheta probe

Catanzaro, August 2 - Henry James Fitzsimons landed at Rome's Fiumicino airport Friday morning after his arrest and extradition from Senegal in a southern Italian mafia probe. A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), the Fitzsimons served an eight-year prison sentence for terrorism in the United Kingdom. He was detained in Senegal following a warrant over alleged money-laundering in the real-estate sector by the 'Ndrangheta organized crime syndicate. Operation ''Metropolis'' in March saw 20 arrest warrants and the seizure of 450 million euros worth of assets over the Ndrangheta's alleged use of intimidation and other illegal tactics to assume control - both direct and indirect - over the construction of dozens of tourism-residential complexes, mostly located along the Ionian coast of Calabria, the southern Italian region where the Ndrangheta's international crime group is based. Fitsimons is accused of investing in the developments with members of the Ndrangheta's African offshoot. Italian anti-mafia police believe laundering of illegal proceeds is behind the enormous quantity of funds invested.

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