Don on the Don freed from be­hind bars in Italy

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A for­mer Scots restau­ra­teur un­masked as a mem­ber of the Mafia has been re­leased from prison – but still faces trial on firearms charges. Aberdeen busi­ness­man An­to­nio La Torre – dubbed “The Don on the Don” – was be­ing held on re­mand in an Ital­ian jail fol­low­ing a se­ries of po­lice raids.

Ital­ian po­lice swooped on La Torre and his brother Au­gusto ear­lier this year, af­ter they un­cov­ered ev­i­dence of the pair threat­en­ing to kill two pub­lic pros­e­cu­tors. An­to­nio was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for the il­le­gal posses­sion of firearms, at­tempted ex­tor­tion, at­tempted rob­bery and be­ing in­volved in the Mafia. He de­nied any in­volve­ment.

But Cara­binieri Cap­tain Luca Ian­noti this week con­firmed that most of charges against An­to­nio had been dropped, with only the al­leged firearms of­fences still to be pros­e­cuted.

An­to­nio has been re­leased from Parma prison, where he was be­ing held.

Cap­tain Ian­noti said: “He is not able to re­turn to Scot­land be­cause he has to re­port to a po­lice sta­tion ev­ery day.”

An­to­nio must re­port to po­lice in Mon­drag­one, a sea­side town just out­side Naples.

Ian­noti said that even though some charges had been dropped, the ar­rests had stopped a resur­gence of the La Torre crime clan.

An­to­nio La Torre

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