Mafia linked property seized

May 5, 2009
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, ROME, May 5 – Italian police said on Tuesday they have seized more than 300 million euros (400 million dollars) in real estate and funds from 13 suspected members of the Sicilian Mafia who were arrested in 2007.

The 13 include Salvatore Biondino, 56, who was the driver of former Cosa Nostra supremo Toto Riina, Palermo financial police said in a statement.

Riina, arrested in 1993, is serving multiple life prison terms.

The investigation codenamed Scanner involved some 70 businesses, and the "seized property represented the illegal fruit of Mafia activities," it said.

The property includes land, villas, apartments, companies, business facilities and bank accounts, it added.

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