November 3, 2007

GERMANY and Italy vs Cosa Nostra

GERMANY and Italy have set up a joint unit to tackle Italian organized crime groups such as Cosa Nostra and 'Ndrangheta, the president of Germany's federal crime office said.

Security officials in Germany and Italy have been working to set up the unit since six Italians were shot dead in a suspected Calabrian mob feud in the western German city of Duisburg in August. The unit is now ready to begin operations and will be officially presented in December in Berlin, federal crime office President Joerg Ziercke told the paper. Since 1997, more than 65 Italians have been arrested in Germany, including some of the most wanted members of Italian organized crime groups.

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