2.6 billion euros of mafia assets seized in 2016

Indo Asian News Service

Rome, March 17 (IANS/AKI) Italy's tax police impounded assets worth 2.6 billion euros from the country's main crime syndicates as well over 280 companies last year, the force said.

The assets included 5,242 items including real estate and 281 companies as well as shares and bank accounts, the tax police said on Thursday.

A total of 9,882 mafia suspects and 2,060 companies with suspected mafia links were probed in 2016, according to the tax police.

A total of 74 people were arrested for alleged mafia association, 142 for suspected money laundering and 87 for alleged usury following tax police probes.

Police said they seized over 19.7 million euros of assets from suspected mafia usurers.