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07 July 2020 Checkmate to the Sienese clan, the Camorra criminal group that has been operating in the capital for decades. Twenty-eight precautionary measures, of which 16 in prison, have, in fact, beheaded the criminal organization led by Michele Senese, called "o 'pazz", undisputed boss. A chieftain who, although in prison for years because accused of being the instigator of the 2001 Carlino murder, continued to command the activity through pizzini that he delivered to his son Vincenzo in his shoes.

For the investigating judge the "madness" of the boss, who in the past had been declared paranoid schizophrenic, is entirely presumed. "It is excluded, radically, that the psycho-physical balance of Senese is affected by psychiatric pathologies - writes judge Annalisa Marzano - instrument ridden by Senese in past legal proceedings, denied by the tenor of numerous dialogues intercepted during the investigations that have instead shown lucidity, coldness, full awareness and awareness of his works ".

The investigation of the DDA carried out by the Guardia di Finanza and Squadra Mobile led to the arrest of the boss's brother, Angelo Senese, Michele's son Vincenzo and the wife of the boss Raffaella Gaglione. They are "held liable, in various capacities and in competition, for extortion, usury, fraudulent transfer of values, money laundering, self-laundering and re-use of illicit proceeds with the aggravating circumstance of having acted with the mafia method by facilitating the criminal galaxy of the Campania Camorra".

Among the people reached by a precautionary measure in prison also Claudio Cirinnà, 54 years old, brother of the parliamentarian of the Democratic Party, Monica Cirinnà. The public prosecutor's office in Rome disputes usury, extortion, self-laundering and fictitious registration of assets. According to what was ascertained by the investigators, the arrested person had no direct links with the Senese clan but, in essence, lent sums of money to subjects who, in turn, were victims of usury of the clan. Today's operation also involves Claudio Cirinnà's son, Riccardo, 26 years old, for whom the investigating magistrate of the capital ordered the house arrests.

"I learn with bitterness and pain that my brother would be involved in a judicial investigation - says the senator of the Democratic Party - I know very little about his troubled life and the fact that he had welcomed our ninety-year-old father into the house had made me hope for repentance. If so if it were I would be saddened and deeply disappointed. I hope that your position will be clarified as soon as possible ".

The investigators also implemented a preventive seizure order for assets and companies for around 15 million. According to what was ascertained by the assistant prosecutor Ilaria Calò and by the substitute Francesco Minisci, there were various investment channels that the Sienese clan used to "clean up" and "make fruit" the amounts of money accumulated over time and, at least in part, hidden in places unconventional often obtained within different properties in the availability of the family. The leading role was entrusted to the boss's son, an "extremely dangerous and extraordinarily insidious subject".

The family has invested around 500 thousand euros in the wholesale of clothing in Frosinone and Verona, and another 400 thousand has reused them in Lombardy. Other sums of
illicit money , for about one million, were first transferred to Switzerland and then used to finance the entrepreneurial activities of a Milanese company. In parallel, the brother of the boss Angelo Senese managed to bring together investments for over 230 thousand euros in catering activities in Rome, including "Da Baffo" and "Da Baffo 2", as well as an important dairy production plant in the province of Latina .

In the order, the judge underlines that the "fully dissected illicit system becomes even more current and alarming in this phase of serious liquidity crisis of the
economic operators who could resort, increasingly and more widely, to the loans disbursed by organized crime at decidedly cost higher than the legal ones ".