The federal police’s “Fugitive Active Search Team” (FAST) has specialised in actively and structurally finding fugitives since 1999. Early on Wednesday, they arrested Angelo Caliri (48), a member of an Italian mafia gang, in Anderlecht. This was reported by the Sudpresse group, and confirmed by FAST boss Martin Vansteenbrugge .
Instigated by the Messine (Sicily) Prosecutor, this Italian-Belgian operation, codenamed Gotha VI, was coordinated between the two countries. Twelve men were arrested in Italy last night. Like Angelo Caliri, they were part of the “Famiglia Barcellonese”. This gang is from Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, a town with 41,000 inhabitants. They are suspected of 17 murders, committed between 1993 and 2012. The last victim was Giovanni Isgro, who was killed on the 1st of December 2012.
The gang was run by Giuseppe Gullotti (55), who was also arrested during the operation. He is suspected of torturing and then killing Domenico Pelleriti back in 1993. He was nicknamed the “Avvocaticchio” due to having studied law. Mafia member Gullotti was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of investigative journalist Beppe Alfano in 1993.
Angelo Caliri was an important lieutenant within the organisation, Sudpresse has reported. Martin Vansteenbrugge said he had probably been in Belgium for about a year.