(Madrid) Spanish police announced on Thursday that they had arrested Domenico Paviglianiti in Madrid, one of the main leaders of the ‘Ndrangheta, the powerful Calabrian mafia and “one of the most wanted refugees in Italy”.
Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 7:53 am
Paviglianiti was arrested in broad daylight while walking down a street in the Spanish capital as part of a joint operation with Italian riflemen, according to a video released by police.
“The arrested person, who is considered to be one of the most wanted refugees in Italy, was arrested in possession of forged Portuguese documents, six mobile phones and almost 6,000 euros in cash,” said the police in their report.
According to the Spanish police, Paviglianiti was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2005 after being arrested in Spain in 1996 and extradited to Italy in 1999.
Primarily charged with a murder for which he was sentenced to 16 years in prison, he has to serve 11 years and eight months.
The mafioso was released in 2019 after more than 20 years behind bars due to a legal deficiency.
However, a new arrest warrant had been issued against him in Italy after a court decision canceled his release.
After he left for Spain after his release, the police managed to track him down by tracking down part of his family in Barcelona, where he sought refuge for a few months after his release before moving to Madrid.
According to the police statement, he remained “in the view of the investigators one of the main culprits for organized crime in Calabria”.
Paviglianiti is referred to as the “boss of bosses” by the Italian media for his role in crimes committed in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly during a clan war within the ‘Ndrangheta.
In March, another sponsor of the ‘Ndrangheta was arrested in Barcelona, identified by the Spanish Guardia Civil solely on the basis of his initials GR.
‘Ndrangheta, based in Calabria in southern Italy, is considered one of the richest and most powerful criminal syndicates due to its control over much of the cocaine that enters Europe.
The ‘Ndrangheta expanded their activities around the world and became more powerful than the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.