[VIDEO] Mafia extortionist arrested after secret film emerges

[VIDEO] Mafia extortionist arrested after secret film emerges

A mafia extortionist finds himself arrested after a video emerges of him trying to collect pizzo, protection money, from local businessman, Giuseppe Piraino.  Piraino seemingly resisted the mafioso by showing him a picture of Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone, two former anti-mafia judges killed by cosa nostra back in 1992.

Piraino is one of the 13 citizens victim of mafia rackets that have provided testimonies leading to the arrests of 20 Sicilian mafia members in Palermo, Italy.  Associated charges are attempted murder, attempted extortion, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics.

The extortionist asks Piraino for a 500 euro note for a party so that he can do his job “nice and quiet”.  Asking for pizzo is usually concealed with a secret language of code words, and in this case, a donation to a community event.

The majority of the members arrested are alleged to be linked to the Borgo Vecchio clan based in Palermo.  One of these men was reported to be Angelo Monti, the current acting boss of the family.

“For decades, my fellow Sicilian entrepreneurs and shopkeepers have suffered because of these [men]. But that’s enough now,” Piraino said.  “Those who are silent and bow their heads die every time they do so, but those who speak out and walk with their heads held high die only once”.

(Source: theguardian.com) (Image & Video Source: theguardian.com)

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