An Italian national managed to keep out of sight for 22 years in Morocco before he was arrested in Temara, 15 kilometers north of Rabat.
Rabat – Angelo Fillipini, 74 and native of Como, northern Italy, has been the subject of a long-standing search warrant. But decades-long efforts from Italian law enforcement agencies proved insufficient until recently, Italian newspaper La Provincia Di Como reported.
As a member of the “Ndranghetisa Spinella-Ottina” clan, Filippini made a fortune from illicit activities that entailed receiving and storing large quantities of heroin. These activities cost the fugitive a sentence of 11 years and seven months.
To make police lose track of him, Filippini relocated to Morocco‘s Temara, in the vicinity of Rabat, Morocco’s capital. While in Temara, the Italian started a real estate business, starting a whole new life to escape from both Italian and Moroccan law enforcement.
After more than two decades living with as a real state agent, the Italian fugitive was only identified earlier this year thanks to a cooperative investigation by Moroccan and Italian police.
Arrested last April, Filippini was extradited to Italy Wednesday, 5 December, escorted by staff of the SCIP – Service for International Police Cooperation of Morocco’s Department of Public Security.