Italian criminal arrested in Brazil after 31 years

Pasquale Scotti, 56, is held to be one of the leaders of Naples crime

Published in 27/05/2015 - 10:40 By Alex Rodrigues reports from Agência Brasil - Brasília

Pasquale Scotti, 56, lived in Recife on false documents for several years and represented himself as a successful businessman._twitter_policia_federal.jpg

The Federal Police and Interpol arrested Tuesday (May 26) in Recife, Pernambuco, a man accused of being one of the main leaders of Naples crime syndicate Camorra. Pasquale Scotti, 56, lived in Recife on false documents for several years and represented himself as a successful businessman.

In 2005, Italian courts sentenced Scotti to life imprisonment for a number of crimes committed between 1980 and 1983 that included more than 20 killings as well as unlawful weapon possession, extortion, intimidation, and criminal threatening. He had been a fugitive for 31 years, since 1984.

Scotti is held to be the founder of the New Organized Camorra, a subgroup created following the arrest of Camorra's main boss, Raffaele Cutolo, in 1982.

Interpol reached Scotti in Brazil thanks to the investigative efforts of the Italian prosecution office in Naples. With the support of Brazilian police, they were able to match fingerprints and verify that a reputed Italian businessman who lived in Recife was actually Scotti. The fugitive carried forged Brazilian voter and taxpayer IDs under the name Francisco de Castro Visconti.

Scotti's detention was ordered by Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) less than 24 hours after Interpol formally ordered his arrest. The Italian government will seek his extradition, and the case will be tried by the STF.

Back in Italy, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano celebrated the arrest. “An extraordinary blow was put into action by our squad, thanks to the efforts of Italian police and invaluable cooperation with Brazilian police forces. This has resulted in the arrest of a criminal fugitive wanted for more than 30 years, Pasquale Scotti, a historical boss of the New Organized Camorra, one of the most wanted among the most dangerous criminals,” Alfano was quoted as saying by Italy's ANSA news agency.

Also according to the agency, the criminal told federal police upon his arrest that he is a different man now. “That's me, you got me. But that old Pasquale Scotti is gone.”

Meanwhile in Rome, Italian police held 61 people suspected of belonging to the Camorra. The suspects are charged with criminal conspiracy, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, and unlawful possession of weapons.


Translated by Mayra Borges


Fonte: Italian criminal arrested in Brazil after 31 years

Edition: Beto Coura / Olga Bardawil

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