If investing in publicly funded energy projects is good enough for the Green Taliban, it’s good enough for the Green Mafia as well:
Italy made its biggest confiscation of mafia assets in history on Wednesday (April 3), including dozens of alternative energy companies worth a total of 1.3 billion euros ($1.67 billion), police said.
A court in Trapani on the island of Sicily ordered the definitive confiscation of assets first seized in 2010 from Vito Nicastri, a 57-year-old businessman, who was deemed a front man for the Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra.
Police and magistrates say Nicastri, once dubbed the “Lord of the Wind” because of his vast wind farm holdings, invested money made from extortion, drug sales and other illicit activities for Matteo Messina Denaro, believed to be Cosa Nostra’s boss of bosses.
Most of the seized assets were located in Sicily, home of the Cosa Nostra, and in southern Calabria, home of its sister crime organization.
Police said the haul included 43 companies, 98 properties and even cars and boats.
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