Italian mafia family migrated to Australia to set up shop: witness – RN

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September 29, 2017 07:00:00

A member of the ‘Ndrangheta, or Calabrian mafia, has testified in an Italian court that members of his family migrated to Australia to set up a criminal cell.

Domenico Agresta decided to become a collaborator with Italian justice in October 2016, and has since been testifying against his criminal family and other members of the ‘Ndrangheta — one of the most powerful criminal organisations in the world.

“Agresta has confirmed that also in Australia there are members of the ‘Ndrangheta, members of his family, that emigrated to Australia and have established in Australia at least two different locales in Australia,” said Stefano Castellani, the anti-mafia prosecutor who took Agresta’s statement.

A locale is a criminal cell within the ‘Ndrangheta made up of three or four mafia families that live in the same area. They support each other in times of need, for example by providing money to support the family of members in jail.

Dr Castellani said the Agresta family are involved in serious criminal activity.

“They are involved in drug trafficking because they can count on the links with other ‘Ndrangheta members both in Italy and in Central and South America,” Dr Castellani said.

“They are also involved in other crimes such as the illegal detention of weapons, the selling of weapons and so on.

“He certainly knows that the ‘Ndrangheta has also established at least two locales, so two groups of ‘Ndrangheta members in Australia. There could be more, but part of the Agresta family — cousins, uncles — are part of these two locales in Australia.”

The Australian Federal Police will not confirm or deny whether they are investigating the intelligence provided by Agresta.

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