A 44-year-old man was found dead in a car in Amsterdam-West on Thursday afternoon. According to the Amsterdam police, the victim's identity hasn't been determined yet. But according to newspaper AD's sources and the Italian media, the victim is Italian mafia member Saverio Tucci.
A fugitive member of the Italian mafia was arrested on Waterlooplein in Amsterdam on September 7th. The man involved is Gioacchino B., according to newspaper AD. He's been involved in drug trafficking in the Netherlands for years.
The 33-year-old man is wanted by the Italian authorities in connection with membership of the ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful branch of the mafia in South Italy, according to the newspaper. He is also wanted for drug trafficking.
The National Police is establishing a team especially for hunting fugitive members of the Italian mafia, AD reports. This team is in response to criticism from Italy that the Netherlands does not do enough to search for mafia members, allowing mafia leaders to live carefree lives in our country, according to the newspaper.
The Italian mafia is permanently based in the Netherlands and mainly engages in drug trafficking, according to the newspaper. Mafia experts also warn that the mafia is penetrating into sectors of the Dutch economy.
One of two men convicted for stealing two paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, told his story to the Telegraaf over the weekend. Octave Durham told the newspaper that he and companion Henk B. actually wanted to steal the famous paintings Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, but the first was too well guarded and the second was too large to fit through the window they broke to get into the museum.
Two Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam in 2002 and then recovered in the home of a mafia boss in Italy last year, is currently on show in Naples, Italian news site The Local reports. The paintings are on show in Naples until February 26th, as a thank you to the city for the local police's role in tracking them down.
An internationally sought drug dealer was arrested while shopping for groceries in Tilburg this weekend. The 38-year-old man is believed to be part of the mafia and was arrested at the request of the Italian authorities, NOS reports.
The Italian authorities suspect the man of heading an organization that traffics drugs - cocaine and ecstasy in particular - on Sardinia. He has both Dutch and Italian nationality and has been internationally wanted since spring last year. The man can face up to 24 years in jail in Italy.
Two stolen paintings by Vincent van Gogh, which were found in the possession of the Italian mafia last year, are returning to the Netherlands. The paintings were initially held back as evidence in the case against the Italian mafia, but an Italian court ruled that they can be released and sent home, the Van Gogh Museum announced on Thursday.
It may be years before the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam can welcome back two stolen Van Gogh paintings recovered in Italy three weeks ago. The paintings are evidence in a case against the Italian Mafia and can't be released until after the trial, stolen art hunter Arthur Brand said to BNR.
"In Italy trials take even longer than in the Netherlands, so it may still take a year before they're back", Brand, who was involved in the search for the paintings, said to the broadcaster.
The two newly recovered Van Gogh paintings were found in the home of a high member in the Italian mafia. This is not very surprising and not the first time lost art was found with a mafia boss, art detective Arthur Brand explained to RTL Nieuws
A member of the notorious Italian 'Ndrangheta' mob has been arrested in a large-scale sting operation directed at mafia operations in Europe. The 46-year old Marc B., who runs a restaurant in Amsterdam, was arrested in February on suspicion of involvement in the mafia, including the delivery of cocaine to the Ndrangheta, De Volkskrant reports.