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Raffaele Imperiale: Italian officials arrested after documents relating to Kinahan ally destroyed

They claimed they got rid of the documents to lighten their workload
Clodagh Meaney

Two Italian officials have been arrested after documents relating to Kinahan ally Raffaele Imperiale were destroyed.

The officials, a judicial officer and a judicial assistant of the Court of Appeal in Naples, were caught red handed on secret CCTV cameras destroying documents relating to a secret investigation into Raffaele Imperiale and Pasquale Fucito.

Hidden cameras filmed one official on numerous occasions throwing documents and files into a box of paper, some even the second they arrived on her desk.

The judicial officer is being accused of the suppression and destruction of true acts, corruption, embezzlement, unauthorised access to the information system and fraud to the administration, while the judicial assistant is accused of corruption, unauthorised access to the computer system and fraud to the administration.

According to an investigation by the Guardia di Finanza, the reason the official destroyed the documents was because she was “overworked” and wanted to decrease her workload.

It was noted that she “systematically destroyed, suppressed and concealed, making them untraceable, the following true public documents, represented by documents and / or entire files relating to criminal proceedings pending at the Judicial Offices of the District of the Court of Appeal of Naples.”

Many of the documents were saved by the Guardia di Finanza who recovered them overnight from the bin and photocopied them.

47-year-old international drug trafficker Imperiale, who is a close associate of Daniel Kinahan, was arrested last year at his luxurious desert bolt-hole in Dubai and was finally flown to Rome in March to face charges.

Ranked number two on Italy’s most wanted fugitive list, Imperiale was arrested last August as he basked with his family by a swimming pool at his luxury villa.

Aswell as running a criminal organisation back in his native Italy, it is understood UAE authorities were told Imperiale ran his money-laundering operation from the Gulf.

Imperiale was nabbed after an extensive investigation involving Naples’s organised crime squad, public prosecutor’s office, financial crimes police, and other state authorities.

Local authorities rejected a previous request made by Italy’s DDA (Direzione Distrettuale Antimafia - Anti-Mafia District Directorate) to have him extradited to Italy that prompted the second attempt to have him face justice.

Imperiale is considered by the Antimafia to be at the centre of an international drug trafficking route from South America-Amsterdam-Naples-Dubai.

The DEA documents described the ‘super drugs cartel’ as one of the world’s fifty largest drug cartels, with a virtual monopoly of the Peruvian cocaine trade.

The documents said the ‘super drugs cartel’ controlled around a third of the cocaine trade into Europe – with the main point of access through Dutch ports.

Members of the 'super cartel' include Kinahan and Imperiale, Balkan mob boss Edin Gacanin, jailed Dutch mafia head Ridouan Taghi and Richard 'El Rico' Riquelme Vega.

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