Italian Mob Fugitive Arrested
May. 17, 2001
NAPLES, Italy (AP) _ Police have arrested one of Italy's most-wanted fugitives, a Neapolitan mob boss convicted of ordering the killing of a crime reporter.
Angelo Nuvoletta, who was captured near Naples Wednesday night, is considered a key link between the Camorra, the Naples-area crime syndicate, and the Sicilian Mafia, police said Thursday.
He has been convicted of ordering the 1985 killing of Giancarlo Siani, who wrote a story in the Neapolitan daily Il Mattino that indicated Nuvoletta had betrayed a fellow mobster.
Nuvoletta, a fugitive since 1995, was tried in absentia and sentenced to life in prison. The 1997 conviction, brought about in part by testimony from turncoat mobsters from Sicily, was upheld last fall by Italy's supreme court.
Nuvoletta, 60, was one of three brothers considered by investigators to be top Camorra bosses. A few years ago, one brother died of illness while in prison, while the other was fatally gunned down during clan warfare.
The Camorra's illegal activities include drug and arms trafficking, contraband cigarette smuggling, extortion of local business owners, prostitution and clandestine betting.
Nuvoletta was No. 5 on Italy's list of the 30 most dangerous fugitives, the Italian news agency AGI reported.