Giuseppe Nirta (born 1940)
The Nirta clan is allied with the Strangio clan in a vendetta against the Pelle-Vottari-Romeo families known as the so-called San Luca feud. The bloody feud between the clans began in February 1991 during a carnival celebration in San Luca when anger over an egg-throwing incident boiled over and culminated in the killing of two members of the Strangio-Nirta clan and the wounding of two others.
The feud re-exploded after a seven-year lull at Christmas 2006 when gunmen ambushed the Nirta’s son Giovanni Luca Nirta. He escaped unharmed but his wife Maria Strangio – a cousin of Giovanni Strangio – was killed. Giuseppe Nirta is accused of murdering Bruno Pizzata, a member of the Pelle-Vottari clan, on January 4, 2007.
The vendetta attracted international attention on August 15, 2007, when six men belonging to the Pelle-Romeo clan were shot dead in their cars in front of a pizzeria near Duisburg train station in western Germany.
Nirta was one of Italy's 100 most wanted criminals and arrested on May 23, 2008. He was hiding in a bunker in San Luca. On July 12, 2011, the Criminal Court in Locri sentenced Nirta to life imprisonment for the Duisburg killings.
- San Luca clan chief caught, ANSA, May 23, 2008
- 'Ndrangheta, arrestato Giuseppe Nirta, Corriere della Sera, May 23, 2008
- Strage di Duisburg, verdetto di primo grado ergastolo a Giovanni Strangio e altri sette, La Repubblica, July 12, 2011
- Italians convicted in Duisburg mob massacre, The Associated press, July 12, 2011
- The Italian police arrests Giuseppe Nirta, one of Italy's most-wanted mafia fugitives, Euro News, May 24, 2008 (video)