30 Sep 2010 / 06:00
Albanian business records seen by Balkan Insight on Thursday list him as operating a pizzeria in Vlora and show he was planning to open a slot-machine room.They also list his son Angelo as being a stakeholder in three gambling companies; Bet Plus, Betting Systems Albania and Casino Italia, headquartered in Tirana and Vlora.Italian police officials have said they suspect Prudentino of running a racket in order to supply local gambling parlours in the area of Brindisi in southern Italy, as a way for laundering money from illegal sources.Prudentino is considered to be one of the heads of the Italian crime syndicate the Sacra Corona Unita, according to Albanian police.
An international warrant was issued for his arrest on September 20 by the main court of the Italian city of Lecce, charging him with “mafia criminal association, drug trafficking and robbery”.
His detention was part of an international anti-mafia operation codenamed “Calipso,” which led to the arrest of seven other suspects in Italy and one in Thailand.
Two other suspects are also being sought.