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Mafia suspect arrested in France after 16 years on the run

origin 1The Carabinieri collaborated with the French police to make the arrest in St Etienne ©Interpol

A suspected mafia man who spent 16 years on the run has been arrested in St Etienne in east-central France, Interpol has announced.

Edgardo Greco, 63, alleged member of the Calabrian mafia – the ‘Ndrangheta – was arrested on Thursday morning.

He was sentenced to life in prison for two murders committed in January 1991 and one attempted murder in July 1991.

Greco was arrested by the French police with information provided by the Italian carabinieri, shared between the two partner countries thanks to the I-Can project (Interpol cooperation against the ‘Ndrangheta).

The Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Piantedosi, said he was very satisfied with the important joint operation.

“The activity of the police forces is incessant, silently engaged day after day, in Italy and abroad, in a continuous work to safeguard the safety of citizens,” he said on Twitter. “The strong action of the State against all forms of organized crime” will continue “with determination”.

Edgardo Greco worked as a pizza chef in a pizzeria in Saint-Etienne, under the name of Paolo Dimitri – the identity of a criminal from Puglia, according to the Italian news agency AGI.

He was presumably a member of the Perna-Pranno clan, which was the most important in the city of Cosenza, where he lived.

“He is held co-responsible for the ambush of January 5, 1991 which cost the lives of the brothers Stefano and Giuseppe B. who wanted greater autonomy and consideration among the Cosenza clans”, reads a statement from the Carabinieri.

The victims had been killed “with iron bars in a fish warehouse (…) and their bodies have disappeared and have never been found”, reads the carabinieri statement.