16 Judges Arrested in Italian Mafia Raids
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Italian police have arrested 16 judges in what they say is a big anti-mafia operation centered on Naples.
They are alleged to have taken bribes to issue financial rulings in
favour of the Camorra, the crime syndicate active around the southern
Altogether about 60 people are being held on suspicion of money laundering and corruption.
Buildings, cars and property worth 1bn euros (£829m; $1.3bn) were seized around Naples and in northern Italy.
The names of the detained 16 judges have not been revealed.
The police said the focus of the operation was the Fabroccino clan,
which is believed to have bribed officials to obtain favorable court
The clan has become notorious for extortion and drug trafficking, but
the police say they are also investigating its involvement in buying
and selling property, hotel management and the food industry.
The authorities clearly believe that the corruption has spread far
beyond the members of the clan itself, and that in this case even
judges may have been working with the Camorra, the BBC’s Alan Johnston
in Rome reports.