May 3, 2021, 7:15 am
Calabria, “Alibante” operation: arrests in the clan of ‘Ndrangheta Bagalà for political-mafia electoral exchange, corruption, extortion
In the early hours of today, in the province of Catanzaro, in the municipalities of Lamezia Terme, Nocera Terinese, Falerna and Conflenti, and in the cities of Aosta, Arezzo and Cosenza, the Carabinieri of the Investigation Unit of the Lamezia Terme Group, in collaboration with the Territorially competent weapon commands and with the Carabinieri Hunters Helicopter Squadron of Vibo Valentia, have executed a precautionary measure issued by the GIP of the Court of Catanzaro, at the request of the Public Prosecutor – District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Catanzaro, against 19 subjects, held responsible, for various reasons, for the crimes of mafia-type association, external competition in mafia-type association, political-mafia electoral exchange, corruption, extortion, consummated and attempted, fictitious registration of assets, disclosure of office secrets and auction disruption.
The measure stems from a prolonged investigative activity, conducted by the Carabinieri of the Investigation Unit of the Lamezia Terme Group and the Provincial Command of Catanzaro, directed and coordinated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office – District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Catanzaro. The investigations (“Alibante operation“) Were initiated following the presentation, by Laminian entrepreneurs, of complaints relating to extortion carried out by members of the clan”Bagalà”, Operating in the coastal area between the municipalities of Nocera Terinese and Falerna. The elements acquired with the help of technical activities and patrimonial assessments, have allowed to outline the assets and operations on the Tyrrhenian-Lametine coast of the territorial articulation of ‘Ndrangheta headed by Carmelo Bagalà, already active since the 1980s, highlighting the hegemonic presence in the territory of the aforementioned association, manifested through the commission of crimes, aggravated by the mafia method, aimed at the direct or indirect management of the economic activities of the place, with particular reference to companies active in the tourism-hotel sector. In the course of the investigations, illicit relations also emerged between the clan and some representatives of the municipal administrations of Falerna and Nocera Terinese, with the ability to influence decision-making, administrative and elective processes. Specifically, for 7 suspects, the precautionary measure of detention in prison was ordered, for 10 suspects the precautionary measure of house arrest and 2 suspects the interdictive measure, respectively, of the prohibition to contract with the public administration, and the prohibition to cover executive offices of legal persons. The details of the operation will be announced during a press conference to be held in the morning at the headquarters of the Provincial Carabinieri Command in Catanzaro.