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Germans arrested, wind farm seized in mafia raid

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Germans arrested, wind farm seized in mafia raid
09:27 CEST+02:00
Two Germans were among 31 people arrested in a raid on the mafia in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Assets seized included a giant wind farm, the Italian police said.

The main suspect in the investigation is 55-year-old Pasquale Arena, the nephew of a notorious local mob clan leader and head of urban planning for the town council in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Colonel Fabio Canziani said.

The wind farm, with 48 generators is one of the biggest in Europe, the investigators said in a statement. They also suggested much of the financing to build it had been moved through shell companies in Germany as well as San Marino and Switzerland.

The assets seized were worth around €350 million, the police said. Main suspect Arena was not present during the raid and has not been arrested.

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