Sebastiano Romeo

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Sebastiano Romeo (San Luca, January 8, 1931 – January 19, 1998), also known as U Staccu, was a historical 'Ndrangheta boss from San Luca in Calabria. His family was allied with others in the Pelle-Romeo-Vottari clan and he was a member of the Vangelo, an exclusive high rank within the 'Ndrangheta.[1]

He also became a member of La Provincia, a provincial commission of the 'Ndrangheta, formed at the end of the Second 'Ndrangheta war in September 1991 to avoid further internal conflicts.[2] He was involved in drug trafficking and the dumping of toxic and radioactive waste of the coast in Italy.[3]

According to the 'Ndrangheta turncoat (pentito) Francesco Fonti, Romeo was involved in attempts to locate the place in Rome where the Christian Democrat politician and former Prime Minister Aldo Moro was held by the militant communist group the Red Brigades after they had kidnapped him on March 16, 1978. Romeo had been asked by unnamed national and Calabrian Christian Democrats such as Riccardo Misasi and Vito Napoli to help out.[4]

With the help of the Italian military intelligence agency SISMI and the criminal organisation the Banda della Magliana Fonti was able to locate the house where Moro was kept. When he reported to Romeo, the latter said that he had done a good job but that important politicians in Rome had changed their minds. Moro's body was found later after he was shot.[4]

Sebastiano Romeo died at home on January 19, 1998, at the age of 67. He was under house arrest due to medical problems. He was succeeded by his son Antonio Romeo, assisted by Sebastiano's brother, who also is named Antonio Romeo. His son was arrested on June 26, 1998.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Italian) Gratteri & Nicaso, Fratelli di Sangue, p. 74
  2. ^ (Italian) Sentenza procedimento penale Olimpia, Tribunale di Reggio Calabria, January 19, 1999
  3. ^ (Italian) Complotto sotto il mare, by Riccardo Bocca, L'Espresso, September 17, 2009
  4. ^ a b (Italian) 'Io boss, cercai di salvare Moro', L'espresso, September 22, 2009
  5. ^ (Italian) Arrestato boss della 'ndrangheta nascosto in un palazzo bunker, La Repubblica, June 26, 1998
  • (Italian) Gratteri, Nicola & Antonio Nicaso (2006). Fratelli di Sangue, Cosenza: Luigi Pellegrini Editore ISBN 88-8101-373-8