Mafia Capitale

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Mafia Capitale
FounderMassimo Carminati
Salvatore Buzzi
Years active1999–2014
ActivitiesMoney laundering, conspiracy, racket, usury, political corruption, corruption
AlliesSicilian Mafia
Casamonica clan

The Mafia Capitale is the name given to an organized crime organization[1][2] and subsequent investigation[3] involving the government of the city of Rome, in which members stole money destined for city services and carried out other criminal activities such as racketeering, conspiracy, loan-sharking, extortion, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, illegal works, and bribery. It operated in the city of Rome and the region of Lazio.[4]


A police investigation by Rome's chief prosecutor, Giuseppe Pignatone, revealed a network of corrupt relationships between some politicians and criminals in the Italian capital.[5][6][7][8][9]

The criminal actions took advantage of the recent influx of immigrants to Italy, gaining public contracts to manage migrant reception centres.[10] The criminal organization also used its connections to secure lucrative public contracts, before accepting payments for substandard or, sometimes, non-existent services. Among those investigated are former mayor Gianni Alemanno and the bosses Salvatore Buzzi and Massimo Carminati, a former member of Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari and Banda della Magliana,[7] as well as members of the 'Ndrangheta.[11]

A 1200-page arrest warrant was issued in December 2014, and was followed by dozens of arrests.[8][10] Among those investigated and arrested of the government of the city were the president of Rome's city council, the head of the city's public-housing division,[12] and the former president of Ostia.[13]

On 18 December 2015, Alemanno was indicted for corruption and illicit financing. According to the accusation, Alemanno received €125,000 from the cooperatives' boss Salvatore Buzzi.[14] On 7 February 2017, the allegation of an external cooperation in a mafia association was filed, including the allegations of corruption and illicit funding.[15]

On 20 July 2017, Carminati was sentenced to 20 years in jail, along with other various sentences of his associates.[16] On 11 September 2018, on appeal, Carminati was sentenced to 14 years and six months, with Buzzi sentenced to 18 years and four months.[17]

In popular culture[edit]

The events of the Mafia Capitale investigation are the basis for the 2015 film Suburra,[18] and the 2017 TV series Suburra: Blood on Rome.[19][20]


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  2. ^ "La Procura spiega il sistema-Roma: "È la 'Mafia Capitale', romana e originale"". Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ "LA SENTENZA DI PRIMO GRADO- Carminati e Buzzi condannati, ma cade l'accusa di mafia" (in Italian). 11 September 2018.
  4. ^ "La Procura spiega il sistema-Roma: "È la 'Mafia Capitale', romana e originale"". Rai - Radiotelevisione. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  5. ^ Mackenzie, James (2014-12-04). "Rome mayor orders review of contracts amid graft scandal". Reuters. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  6. ^ Mackenzie, James (2015-06-04). "Italy hit by new corruption scandal over migrant centres | Reuters". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
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  8. ^ a b Povoledo, Elisabetta (12 December 2014). "World - Print Headline: "Italy Gasps as Inquiry Reveals Mob's Long Reach". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  9. ^ "Ecco la 'mafia Capitale': 37 arresti per appalti del Comune. Indagato anche Alemanno". la Repubblica. December 2, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Italy arrests 44 in mafia migrant centre probe". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ Squires, Nick. "Rome mafia scandal broadens to 'Ndrangheta in southern Italy". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  12. ^ Barbie Latza Nadeau (6 December 2014). "The Mayor Who Took Down the Mafia That Ruined Rome". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  13. ^ Autore Ospite (2015-06-04). "'MAFIA CAPITAL' – 44 PEOPLE ARRESTED". Archived from the original on 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  14. ^ "Alemanno indicted in Rome Mafia case". 18 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Mafia Capitale, 113 archiviazioni. Alemanno: "Ora voglio le scuse"" (in Italian). 7 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Rome corruption gang leaders jailed". BBC News. 20 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Mondo di mezzo, sentenza d'appello: 18 anni a Buzzi, 14 anni a Carminati. C'è l'associazione mafiosa" (in Italian). 11 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Suburra: tra fiction e realtà, "Mafia Capitale" era già in un libro". (in Italian). 14 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Placido: "Suburra senza censure su mafia capitale"". (in Italian). 5 October 2017.
  20. ^ "L'anteprima di "Suburra", Netflix racconta al mondo la Roma di Mafia Capitale". (in Italian). 3 September 2017.