The leader of ‘Nadrangheta’, a mafia from the Italian region of Calabria, Francesco Pelle, known by the nickname “Ciccio Pakistan”, was arrested on Monday in Lisbon, where he was hospitalized after becoming infected with covid-19.
According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, “Ciccio Pakistan” was considered one of the 30 most dangerous Italian fugitives and since 2007 has fled the Italian and international police authorities.
On Monday morning, the 43-year-old leader of the Calabrian mafia was arrested at a hospital in Lisbon, where he was receiving treatment for the new coronavirus.
The leader of the ‘Nadrangheta’ is now expected to start a life sentence, the Italian newspaper said.
The Pelle family, together with Vottari, carried out a massacre against the Nirta-Strangio mafia, which killed dozens of people, including Maria Strangio, wife of Giovanni Luca Nirta.
The ambush took place at Christmas 2005 and consequently provoked revenge by Nirta-Strangio, allegedly the author of a massacre in Duisburg, Germany, which killed seven people in 2007.
Francesco Pelle was also ambushed a few days before Christmas. The alleged Italian mafia leader was shot in the column while sitting on the terrace of his home.
Pelle was stuck in a wheelchair, but continued to plan revenge for the attempted murder. “Ciccio Pakistan” allegedly accused the crime of the family with which he had a rivalry and orchestrated the massacre in 2005, which ended up killing Giovanni Luca Nirta’s wife.
According to Corriere della Sera, it was possible to arrest Francesco Pelle with the joint efforts of the National Counterterrorism Unit and the Carabineers’ Weapon, known to the people of Calabria as “Carabinieri”.
The Italian publication also stated that an operation is taking place at the same time, with the participation of Interpol, to find the alleged accomplices of Pelle.