He obtained house arrest Maurizio De Santis, the 49-year-old entrepreneur from Formia arrested on 9 September last in the context ofoperation ‘Octopus’ coordinated by the Anti-Mafia District Directorate of Rome together with Giuseppe D’Alterio and Giuseppe Montella. The three are accused in various ways of attempted extortion and acts of illegal competition aggravated by the mafia method for a series of episodes that took place between 2016 and 2018 in the context of the sale of fish products in the markets of Latina and Cisterna.
The judge for preliminary investigations of the Court of Rome Bernadette Nicotra, signatory of the precautionary detention order, has accepted the request of the lawyers Antonello Madeo and Federica Zarrillo replacing the measure of pre-trial detention in prison with that of house arrest. All this despite the contrary opinion of the prosecutor. According to the magistrate, the matter under investigation – born from the story of the collaborators of justice Agostino Riccardo and Renato Pugliese – could be reduced in its gravity and the precautionary needs can be sufficiently safeguarded even with a less afflictive measure than prison.