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Italy must block mafia from earthquake rebuild, says prosecutor

by firstsource newsAugust 28, 2016

Anti- chief says organised crime gangs were notorious for infiltrating construction contracts after 1980 quake

Italian authorities must ensure the mafia is blocked from playing any role in reconstruction after the earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, the country’s top anti-mafia prosecutor has said.

Franco Roberti, the head of ’s national anti-mafia directorate, said organised crime operations had been notorious for infiltrating construction contracts after the 1980 Irpinia earthquake near Naples in which more than 2,400 people died. He said steps must be taken to ensure this did not occur after the 6.2-magnitude quake that devastated central Italian towns including Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto last week.

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