Brazil confirms extradition of ‘Ndrangheta boss Rocco Morabito

The first section of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) of Brazil has confirmed the authorization for the extradition to Italy of the drug trafficker of the ‘Ndrangheta Rocco Morabito, one of the most wanted criminals in the world. Morabito was arrested in May last year by the Federal Police in Joao Pessoa and then transferred to the Federal Penitentiary in Brasilia, where he has been detained ever since.

The sentence

In March of this year the same highest Brazilian court had already granted approval to the extradition but yesterday reiterated its decision by rejecting an appeal by Morabito’s defense lawyers who had supported the illegality of the procedures. The judges unanimously voted to reject the application and ordered the end of the extradition process. Now the federal government will be in charge of handing over the boss to the Italian authorities. In the sentence at the Supreme Court, he reminded the Italian authorities that certain requirements of Brazilian law must be respected, such as the removal from a possible sentence of detention served in Brazil and the application of a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. In Italy, Morabito was repeatedly sentenced for a total of over 100 years of imprisonment for cases of international drug trafficking.

The profile

Calabrese, born in 1966, Morabito is considered the king of cocaine in Milan. Said ‘u tamunga he is the grandson of Giuseppe Morabito, a boss belonging to one of the most powerful gangsters in Locride. Sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1994 for mafia-type association and drug trafficking, since February 1995 he has been included in the list of the most dangerous fugitives in Italy. Captured for the first time in Montevideo, Paraguay, after 23 years on the run, Morabito managed to escape in June 2019 along with other inmates from the terrace of the Central prison. After almost 2 years on the run he was arrested on 24 May 2021 by the Brazilian Police with the investigative support of the Carabinieri of the ROS, the Provincial Commands of Turin and the SCIP (Service for International Police Cooperation of the Department of Public Security) with the collaboration of ‘FBI and the DEA.