By Matthew Roscoe • 21 October 2020 • 10:50
A WANTED Italian mafia boss, who was being tracked by Spanish police for over two years, was accidentally released by a Spanish court having already been arrested.
Vittorio Raso, who is believed to be one of the leaders of the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate from the Italian region of Calabria, couldn’t believe his luck when he was released after giving his statements on extortion charges via video link to a judge at Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional.
The mix-up happened when two hours after the 41-year-olds release from his holding cell inside the City of Justice in Barcelona, information was passed on that he was indeed wanted for being an Italian mafia boss.
The extraordinary decision to release the prisoner came despite the court receiving an extensive police report explaining who Raso was, which also included a copy of a European arrest warrant issued by Italian Police.
According to figures, the ‘Ndrangheta is Italy’s most powerful mafia and the one with the largest amount of international “branches”.
A new warrant for his arrest has been issued by the judge of the case as Raso remains at large.
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