ROME (Reuters) – Italian police on Tuesday confiscated eight luxury villas illegally built in Rome by its most infamous and entrenched Mafia clan in dawn raids involving some 600 police.
City mayor Virginia Raggi, who watched the operation carried out against the Casamonica mobsters, said the properties would be demolished by the end of the year.
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“Today is an historic day for the city of Rome and for Romans,” said Raggi, a member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement who has been criticised for not doing more to clean up the Italian capital.
“We are putting an end to years of illegality and are sending a strong statement to the Casamonica clan,” he said.
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