The American Gambino mafiaclan sent explosion expert to Italy to help Sicilian mafia, supergrass claims
The American Gambino mafiaclan sent an explosives expert to Italy to have the Sicilian mafia blow up a researcher, supergrass claims
- Judge Giovanni Falcone was murdered 27 years ago in Capaci, Sicily
- Two months later, magistrate Paolo Borsellino was also murdered in the car bomb of the Mafia
- Mafia assassin Maurizio Avola claimed that Gambino family had sent bomb expert to help
The Gambino crime family in America sent an explosives expert to Italy to help the Mafia blow up an anti-Mafia investigator, a supergrass claims.
Judge Giovanni Falcone was murdered 27 years ago today after a one-ton bomb exploded on a highway in Capaci while his car passed three cars. His wife and three bodyguards died too.
Two months later, Falcone & # 39; s friend and controversial prosecutor Paolo Borsellino were also killed by a Mafia car bomb in Palermo.
Now Maurizio Avola, a convicted mafia killer who became a turncoat in 1994, has claimed that John Gotti, the head of the gambino family Gambino, has sent an expert to help the Sicilian mafia Cosa Nostra with their plans.
Convicted mafia gunman Maurizio Avola has claimed that the Gambino crime family in America has sent an explosives expert to assist in bombing the car by Judge Giovanni Falcone and in several attacks Paolo Borsellino Magistrict. On the photo: the remains of the car bomb that killed Borsellino
Falcone and Borsellino, pictured, were killed for their involvement in imprisoning 475 Mafia members during the Maxi trial
La Repubblica reports that Avola has told prosecutors: & # 39; I met [the expert] in a house in Catania and was later told: & # 39; today you met someone very important & # 39 ;. I was told that the foreigner cooperated in the attack. & # 39;
Falcone and Borsellino were killed by the Corleonesi clan in the Sicilian Mafia because they were part of the antimafia pool.
They worked together for several years, culminating in the Maxi study, where 475 people were convicted of crimes related to the Mafia between 1986 and 1992.
Although American and Italian mobs have been connected for years, this is the first time that they are alleged to have been involved in these specific murders, reports it Telegraph.
University College London professor John Dickie, who wrote the book Mafia Republic – Italy's Criminal Curse, told the Telegraph: “Certainly there is nothing unusual in the movement of staff and ideas about the Atlantic – it dates from the beginning of the 20th century. They were cousin organizations. & # 39;
Pictured: students wave Italian flags during a commemorative ceremony for Falcone earlier today
THE GAMBINO CRIME FAMILY
The Gambino crime family is one of the so-called & # 39; The Five Families & # 39; of organized Italian crime operations in New York City and other parts of the United States.
The Gambinos' rise to become one of the most powerful Mafia families in America began in 1957, when the family's namesake, Carlos Gambino – an Italian immigrant – orchestrated the murder of Albert Anastasia, who had a collection of Italian gangs had organized into what would now be considered a & # 39; crime family & # 39 ;.
Gambino led the organization until 1976, when he handed over power to his brother-in-law Paul Castellano.
Pictured: John Gotti arrives at the Supreme Court in New York in 1990. He orchestrated the murder of Castellano and became the best known boss of the family
Like other Mafia families, the Gambinos took their methods from the crime families in Italy – La Cosa Nostra – and were involved in illegal activities such as loan sharking, extortion, prostitution, gambling and money laundering – as well as the frequent attacks and murders in connection with such business ventures.
In 1985, Gambino orchestrated & # 39; capo & # 39; John Gotti the murder of Castellano to become the most famous boss of the family.
The Gotti government came to an end when his boss, Sammy & # 39; The Bull & # 39; Gravano, agreed to testify against him and other members of the family in a 1992 RICO trial.
Since Gotti & # 39; s downfall, the Gambinos – and other Mafia families – have lost much of the power they once had over politicians, judges, and trade unions.
The family was led by Domenico Cefalu until 2015, when Frank Cali took over as capo.
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