FORMER immigration minister Amanda Vanstone personally intervened to grant a suspected mafia figure a visa in 2005 because she claimed it was “in the interest of Australia as a humane and generous society”.
The visa was granted to Francesco Madafferi— who was arrested last month for an alleged major drug trafficking conspiracy— around a year after his supporters donated money to the Liberal Party and four Liberal MPs made representations or contacted Ms Vanstone about his case. Continue Reading »
ONE of Victoria’s veteran Calabrian mafia bosses has died of natural causes, aged 86.
Undercover police are expected to closely monitor mourners at Rosario “Ross” Gangemi’s Moonee Ponds funeral on Monday. Continue Reading »
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CHIEF Commissioner Christine Nixon yesterday revealed a new taskforce was investigating Calabrian mafia operations in Victoria. Continue Reading »
A SECRET taskforce set up by Christine Nixon to investigate the Calabrian mafia has been attacked by the police corruption watchdog. Continue Reading »
THE Italian mafia has joined forces with Dutch and Chinese criminals to flood Australia with ecstasy, in a global crime alliance not seen here since the 1980s.
Dutch authorities have warned their Australian counterparts that tonnes of ecstasy pills are arriving by container at various ports, because we lead world demand for the drug. Continue Reading »
THE alleged Australian chapter of a Mafia drug-trafficking syndicate has evaded justice for more than three years, with Italy ignoring repeated requests from Australian officials to pursue the extraditions of four men.
Italian officials have offered no response to questions from their Australian counterparts over their failure to lodge paperwork enabling the extradition to Italy of the men allegedly behind a plan to import a record amount of cocaine into Melbourne in 2004. Continue Reading »