Daily Archives: October 1, 2008

The Big Question: What’s behind the latest crackdown on the Mafia, and can it achieve anything?


Giuseppina Nappa, the wife of an alleged Mafia crime boss, is arrested this week as police get tough on the clan’s killings in the Naples area | AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Why are we asking this now?

Five hundred soldiers will be dispatched to the province of Caserta, north of Naples, on Saturday as part of the biggest government crackdown on organised crime for years. It follows a multi-pronged assault on the same area earlier this week in which more than 100 alleged gangsters were arrested and 100 million euros’ worth of property confiscated. Continue reading