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Mafia Capitale

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The Mafia Capitale is the name given to an organized crime organization[1][2] and subsequent investigation[3] involving the government of the city of Rome, in which members stole money destined for city services and carried out other criminal activities such as racketeering, conspiracy, loan-sharking, extortion, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, illegal works, bribery. It operated in the city of Rome and the region of Lazio.[4]


A police investigation by Rome's chief prosecutor, Giuseppe Pignatone, revealed a network of corrupt relationships between some politicians and criminals in the Italian capital.[5][6][7][8][9]

The criminal actions took advantage of the recent influx of immigrants to Italy, gaining public contracts to manage migrant reception centres.[10] The criminal organization also used its connections to secure lucrative public contracts, before accepting payments for substandard or, sometimes, non-existent services. Among those investigated are former mayor Gianni Alemanno and the bosses Salvatore Buzzi and Massimo Carminati, a member of the Banda della Magliana,[7] as well as members of the 'Ndrangheta.[11]

A 1200-page arrest warrant was issued in December 2014, and was followed by dozens of arrests.[8][10] Among those investigated and arrested of the government of the city were the president of Rome's city council, the head of the city's public-housing division,[12] and the former president of Ostia.[13]

On 18 December 2015, Alemanno was indicted for corruption and illicit financing. According to the accusation, Alemanno received €125,000 euros from the cooperatives' boss Salvatore Buzzi.[14] On 7 February 2017, the allegation of an external cooperation in a mafia association was filed, including the allegations of corruption and illicit funding.[15]

On 20 July 2017, Carminati was sentenced to 20 years in jail, along with other various sentences of his associates.[16] On 11 September 2018, on appeal, Carminati was sentenced to 14 years and six months, with Buzzi sentenced to 18 years and four months.[17]

In popular cultureEdit

The events of the Mafia Capitale investigation are the basis for the 2015 film Suburra,[18] and the 2017 TV series Suburra: Blood on Rome.[19][20]


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  2. ^ "La Procura spiega il sistema-Roma: "È la 'Mafia Capitale', romana e originale"". Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ "LA SENTENZA DI PRIMO GRADO- Carminati e Buzzi condannati, ma cade l'accusa di mafia" (in Italian). 11 September 2018.
  4. ^ "La Procura spiega il sistema-Roma: "È la 'Mafia Capitale', romana e originale"". Rai - Radiotelevisione. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  5. ^ Mackenzie, James (2014-12-04). "Rome mayor orders review of contracts amid graft scandal". Reuters. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  6. ^ Mackenzie, James (2015-06-04). "Italy hit by new corruption scandal over migrant centres | Reuters". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  7. ^ a b Squires, Nick. "'Mafia capital': Rome hit by mobster scandal". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  8. ^ a b Povoledo, Elisabetta (12 December 2014). "World - Print Headline: "Italy Gasps as Inquiry Reveals Mob's Long Reach". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  9. ^ "Ecco la 'mafia Capitale': 37 arresti per appalti del Comune. Indagato anche Alemanno". la Repubblica. December 2, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Italy arrests 44 in mafia migrant centre probe". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ Squires, Nick. "Rome mafia scandal broadens to 'Ndrangheta in southern Italy". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  12. ^ Barbie Latza Nadeau. "The Mayor Who Took Down the Mafia That Ruined Rome". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  13. ^ Autore Ospite (2015-06-04). "'MAFIA CAPITAL' – 44 PEOPLE ARRESTED". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  14. ^ "Alemanno indicted in Rome Mafia case". 18 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Mafia Capitale, 113 archiviazioni. Alemanno: "Ora voglio le scuse"" (in Italian). 7 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Rome corruption gang leaders jailed". 20 July 2017 – via
  17. ^ "Mondo di mezzo, sentenza d'appello: 18 anni a Buzzi, 14 anni a Carminati. C'è l'associazione mafiosa" (in Italian). 11 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Suburra: tra fiction e realtà, "Mafia Capitale" era già in un libro". (in Italian). 14 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Placido: "Suburra senza censure su mafia capitale"". (in Italian).
  20. ^ "L'anteprima di "Suburra", Netflix racconta al mondo la Roma di Mafia Capitale". (in Italian).