Antonio Iovine (San Cipriano d'Aversa, born September 20, 1964) is a powerful Italian Camorrista and one of the bosses of the Casalesi clan from Casal di Principe in the province of Caserta between Naples and Lazio. His nickname is "o'ninno" (the baby), because of his baby face when he was made a capo at a very young age.
He has been on the "most wanted list" of the Italian ministry of the Interior since 1996 and since 2002 for murder and other crimes, until his arrest in November 2010. On August 10, 1999, an international warrant was issued against him, to be arrested for extradition. He is close to Francesco Schiavone alias Sandokan, the head of the Casalesi clan. Iovine's daughter, Filomena (Milly), is engaged to be married with Ivanoe Schiavone, the son of Sandokan.
Antonio Iovine is considered the ‘minister of garbage’ of the Camorra. In Campania, the Camorra controls the entire cycle of garbage disposal, running the dumps, waste transport companies and other businesses, raking in US$ 880 million a year, according to Anti-mafia prosecutors. Investigators suspect Antonio Iovine's ability to evade arrest is thanks in part to mob infiltration of local government.
He is regarded as the business mind of the organisation. Iovine is also considered to be the one behind the clan’s expansion beyond the boundaries of Campania. Investigators believe that Iovine was the Camorra's deal-maker, recycling the illicit revenue from illegal activities such as drug trafficking and protection rackets, into the legal economy, in particular the cement business.
Trial in absentia and later arrest
He was sentenced to life on June 19, 2008, after 10-year trial—named the Spartacus Trial—against 36 members of the Casalesi clan charged with a string of murders and other crimes. When still a fugitive boss, Iovine and his close ally, Michele Zagaria, were considered to be in charge of the Casalesi clan. Zagara was arrested December 7, 2011.
He was arrested on November 17, 2010, in Casal di Principe, in a small villa in Casal di Principe, the gang's heartland north of Naples. He was unarmed and, after a first attempt to get away over a terrace, offered no resistance. Writer Roberto Saviano, who following the publication of his bestselling book Gomorrah about the Camorra has been threatened and needs a permanent police escort since 2006, said about the arrest: “I’ve been waiting for this day for 14 years. Antonio Iovine’s arrest is a fundamental step forward in the fight against organised crime. Iovine is an entrepreneur gang boss, capable of managing hundreds of millions of euros. I hope that a thorough clear-out will now be possible."
- Top mafia boss Antonio Iovine arrested, BBC News, November 19, 2010 (video)
- (Italian) Morire di rifiuti L’Espresso, June 6, 2007
- (Italian) Direzione Centrale della Polizia Criminale - "Programma Speciale di Ricerca" - Iovine Antonio
- (Italian) Antonio Iovine, 'o ninno, delfino di Sandokan e sodale di Zagaria, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, November 17, 2010
- Naples' trash crisis tied to mob, toxic waste, The Associated Press, February 23, 2008
- Mafia bosses held meetings in police station, The Guardian, September 29, 2007
- Camorra Boss Antonio Iovine Arrested, Corriere della Sera, November 18, 2010
- Mafia godfathers jailed for life in landmark murder trial, The Daily Telegraph, June 20, 2008
- (Italian) «Processo Spartacus», 16 ergastoli ai Casalesi, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, June 20, 2008
- Italy mafia boss Zagaria found in bunker – police, BBC News, December 7, 2011
- Italy police arrest top Camorra mafia boss, BBC News, November 17, 2010