Rome - Italy announced on Wednesday it
seized more than €4bn ($5bn) worth of property from suspected mafia
clans last year and arrested more than 2 000 suspects.
The legislation-empowered seizure of
buildings, hotels, restaurants and other businesses as well as luxury
cars and yachts is considered to be an effective tool in the fight
against organised crime in Italy.
The Italian interior ministry said a
total of 2 041 suspected mafia members, including 18 who are
considered particularly dangerous, were held for questioning in 2011.
In one year, it said, the state carried
out 12 139 seizures of suspected mafia property worth €4.124bn,
including 723 companies and an unspecified number of luxury cars and
Some 5 103 property seizures worth
€1.6bn occurred in Sicily, followed by 3 225 confiscations worth
€1.4bn in Campania, a region of Naples, and 2 260 seizures worth
€1.4bn in Calabria.
The Italian police is endowed with
battle-hardened units specialized in accounting analysis and
gathering financial information.
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