Bangkok Post

Mafia money seized

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ROME: Italian authoritie­s on Tuesday seized assets worth over 700 million (29 billion baht) belonging to a Sicilian businessma­n known as the ‘‘king of supermarke­ts’’, who was convicted for links to a fugitive senior mafia boss. A court approved the confiscati­on of 12 firms, 220 real estate properties and 133 plots of land, which 64-year-old Giuseppe Grigoli acquired through criminal activities, including money laundering. Grigoli, who used to own most supermarke­ts in western Sicily, was arrested in 2007 and jailed for 12 years by an appeals court in July 2012. Judges establishe­d he acted as a front man for Matteo Messina Denaro, one of the leaders of the Sicilian mafia. Denaro, who has been on the run for 20 years, is due to serve a lifetime sentence for orchestrat­ing a deadly bombing campaign in 1993. dpa

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