Mafia-like association, external competition in mafia association, political-mafia electoral exchange, corruption, extortion, fictitious registration of assets, disclosure of office secrets and auction disruption. These are the crimes charged to the suspects in the “Alibante” operation. Nineteen people to whom the carabinieri have notified a precautionary measure, ordered by the investigating judge and requested by the Dda, in the municipalities of Lamezia Term, Nocera Terinese, Falerna and Conflenti, in the province of Catanzaro, and in the cities of Aosta, Arezzo e Cosenza. Seven people ended up in prison, ten under house arrest, while two were joined by measures prohibiting the prohibition of contracting with the public administration. In the viewfinder the Bagalà clan, which has been operating since the 1980s on the Calabrian coast between Nocera Terinese and Falerna, and is headed by the alleged boss Carmelo Bagalà, 80 years old.
The operation started following reports of extortion by many Laminian entrepreneurs. For the Dda of Catanzaro, the “legal mind” of the ‘Ndrangheta clan was in Valle d’Aosta, and it is the 52-year-old lawyer Maria Rita Bagalà, daughter of the alleged boss, ended up under house arrest. For the investigating judge of Catanzaro Matteo Ferrante, in the precautionary custody order it is written that “under the direction of his father Carmelo Bagalà, the lawyer Maria Rita Bagalà participated in the clan guaranteeing the administration of the various illicit affairs, as well as being the legal mind of the clan who looked after the economic and financial interests of the association “. For the chief prosecutor Nicola Gratteri (photo) “the management of the criminal business on the Tyrrhenian coast of the Catanzaro area was a family business”. Carmelo Bagalà, arrested and now in prison, is originally from Lamezia Terme, but he has lived in Aosta for years. The lawyer Maria Rita Bagalà is under investigation for external competition in a mafia-type association. According to the carabinieri, in the investigations begun in 2017, in particular, the involvement of Maria Rita Bagalà concerns two companies: “Sole Srl” and “Calabria Turismo Srl”. In the “Sole Srl” the lawyer had assumed the role of “nominee” of the company and was the holder of the assets and company shares of the coterie “constituting the illicit proceeds of the various criminal activities of the clan”. For “Calabria Turismo Srl”, Maria Rita Bagalà was the administrator, but she worked in a hidden way. But the real surprise is another. For the investigators, as part of the same investigation, the husband is also under investigation Andrea Giunti, well-known attorney of Aosta and very attached to the former president of the region Augusto Rolladin. For the investigators Andrea Giunti “was not only aware of the facts, but administered in the first person and in a secret way, together with her and her father-in-law, the activities of” Calabria Turismo Srl “, a company banned for the mafia in 2016”.
For the prosecution, the two spouses had managed to unduly obtain a public funding of almost 600 thousand euros through the “Calabria Turismo Srl”. This money would be used for the renovation of the Hotel dei Fiori in Falerna. Following the anti-mafia ban, the loan was revoked. In the 432 pages of the precautionary order, the investigating judge writes how the lawyer Bagalà “together with her father and her husband has undertaken to find other economic resources of dubious origin, aimed at pursuing the criminal program of the clan”. The investigations show that Andrea Giunti, Bagalà’s husband, allegedly organized “money laundering operations and used the proceeds to buy a nightclub in Courmayeur“. For Giunti, the prosecutor had asked for arrests but the investigating judge rejected it because it does not “reach the threshold of circumstantial gravity against him”. Giunti’s name had already emerged in September 2020, when the president of the anti-mafia parliamentary commission Nicola Morra had drawn up the list of “unpresentables” a few days after the administrative vote, also including the former president of the Valle d’Aosta Region Augusto Rollandin, sentenced to 4 years and 5 months for corruption. Giunti had replied to Morra, arguing that Rollandin was “presentable, candidate and eligible, and on the other hand his candidacy has already been examined by the competent administrative bodies”. Finally, the lawyer argued that Rollandin had “only been suspended in the last legislature following a conviction that he considers highly unjust and that for this reason he challenged in the competent fora, waiting, as, moreover, in the other proceedings that have always seen him acquitted , serenely the relative judgment “.
While yesterday the Alibante operation was concluded in Turin, before the Court of Appeal, the second degree trial of “Gehenna” began right on the mafia infiltrations in Valle d’Aosta for the five defendants who had chosen the ordinary rite: the restaurateur Antonio called “Tonino” Raso (sentenced to 13 years on September 16 by the Court of Aosta), the former municipal councilor of Aosta Nicola Prettico, the employee of the Casino of Saint- Vincent Alessandro Giachino (11 years), the former regional councilor Marco Sorbara (11 years), and the former councilor for finance of the municipality of Saint-Pierre Monica Carcea (10 years).