Share article:
Share article:

A Sicilian mafia member arrested in Anderlecht

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. 

(Source: Belga)

Latest news

Aggression against railway staff more than doubled since 2020
In the first three quarters of 2021, the number of reports of aggression against national railway company SNCB's staff has more than doubled compared ...
Intervention hotline 1722 activated following bad weather warnings
Following bad weather warnings from Belgium's Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), the Federal Public Service (FPS) Home Affairs has ...
Thousands march in Brussels to raise awareness of violence against women
More than 3,000 people took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday afternoon for a national march to raise awareness of violence against women in ...
Efficacy of vaccines against new variant known in a few weeks, virologist says
The efficacy of the current coronavirus vaccines against the new Omicron variant will be clear in one to two weeks, Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst ...
Scientists could have communicated better during pandemic, survey shows
The majority of Flemish people continue to trust scientists, however, only half of them feel scientists communicated understandably during the ...
Closing borders and new travel restrictions: Countries react to Omicron variant
As more cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus are being reported across the world, more and more countries are imposing tougher travel ...
Several rush hour train services to be scrapped from Monday
Up to ten peak time trains to and from Brussels will be temporarily cancelled starting from Monday, Belgian railway company SNCB announced this ...
Europe’s largest vintage clothes store is in Ghent this weekend
Europe's largest pop-up store for second-hand clothes is once again setting up shop in Ghent on Sunday, offering more than five tonnes of vintage ...
Animal welfare in EU’s pig meat sector: What’s wrong?
EU has put into place legislation to ensure that animal welfare conditions are respected in its agricultural policy but the breaches of its ...
‘Not feasible’: Doctors refuse to follow new testing strategy
Doctors have warned they will not follow the government's adapted testing strategy which would see vaccinated people who were in close contact with a ...
Flanders introduces ‘invisible’ speed cameras
New digital speed cameras that are essentially invisible to the road user are being introduced on various roads and motorways in Flanders, Flemish ...
Warnings issued for slippery roads across Belgium
Drivers have been asked to watch out for slippery roads from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening, as snow and cold temperatures are expected ...