Fugitive Italian mobster’s love of football gets him caught in Greece

Fugitive Italian mobster’s love of football gets him caught in Greece

By India Today World Desk: A dangerous Italian mobster linked to the Camorra, a violent Italian criminal organisation, was arrested in Greece after authorities decoded his love of the Napoli football team to nab him.

60-year-old Vincenzo La Porta was arrested on the island of Corfu on Friday as he was riding a moped. Porta was considered one of Italy’s 100 most dangerous fugitives before his arrest.

The Italian fugitive had been evading arrest for the past 11 years after he was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment in absentia. He was convicted for leading a crime group and the association’s money laundering and tax evasion arm in Naples.

Italian authorities said they have been working with their Greek counterparts to trace the fugitive in Greece for several months. They were keeping a tab on the financial transactions of Porta’s close aides and social media posts of Napoli football fans in Corfu. He apparently featured frequently in those posts.

La Porta was also photographed in May celebrating Napoli’s victory in the top Italian football league on the balcony of an eatery in Corfu, wearing a baseball cap and holding a Napoli scarf.

Italian police said that La Porta had been living under a false name, had a family and ran a business locally too.

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