Man suspected of ties with mafia to be extradited to Italy


Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

On Thursday, the Court ordered a man to be extradited to Italy to face accusations related to organised crime.

On Easter Sunday, the Malta Police arrested Antonio Ricci after the Italian authorities issued a European arrest warrant in connection to ‘Ndrangheta’s money laundering operations. Rici had been living in Malta for the past 10 years.

The Court presided by Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech decided that Ricci had to be extradited. The decision was taken following the prerequisites and procedures needed in such cases. Ricci’s defence attorneys Arthur Azzopardi and Stephen Tonna Lowell argued that a European investigative order needed to e issued instead of the European arrest warrant.

Ricci who has the chance to appeal the Court’s decision is being kept into custody until he is extradited.

Even though the Court had ordered the barring from circulating the accused’ name, various local media outlets decided to publish the name due to the man’s strong organised crime ties.