The residents of a small Italian town called Ercolano was ruled by the Camorra. Then a local shop owner refused to pay protection money and contacted the police. That helped bring a local gangster to justice.
Police in Germany and Italy have arrested 37 people, including two members of the Italian Carabinieri, over suspected involvement in a Sicilian extortion ring. The mafia organization sold drugs, but also frozen fish.
In a Naples neighborhood dominated by mafia, young people who worked for the Camorra syndicate as kids teach the arts of circus, theater and parkour as an alternative to a life of crime. Sara Manisera reports from Barra.
The Catholic Church had to fend off accusations regarding ties to the Mafia for a long time, although many priests decried Mafia violence. Rossella Merlino talks to DW about organized crime and religion in Italy.
Italian police have recovered two stolen paintings by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. The works, found in an anti-Mafia raid, were taken from a museum in Amsterdam in 2002.
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