An Italian polo-playing prince was arrested and charged with being a member of the Mafia in Rome.
atteo Costacurta, 38, from a venerable Venetian household with a protracted historical past, has been arrested on fees of capturing and wounding a drug supplier within the metropolis two years in the past.
It’s stated that the supplier, Alessio Marzani, was making an attempt to cheat one other drug supplier.
“He is acquired a extremely s—y face … he will not final lengthy. I miss getting on with the job,” the prince – who was nicknamed St Peter – is claimed to have stated of his intentions in a phone dialog intercepted by police.
Mr. Marzani was shot and wounded whereas driving his bicycle within the city of Acilia on the outskirts of Rome in October 2020. A gunman in a passing automobile fired two pictures, one in all which killed him. one hit on the chest and one on the left arm.
The excessive man was arrested together with 4 different individuals, together with Elvis Demce, who was stated to be the kingpin of the Albanian crime scene in Rome.
In a phone interview carried out by the police, Mr. Demce boasted of getting a bunch of “six lions” that might hit.
Mr. Demce is claimed to have promised to pay the prince 20,000 euros-30,000 euros to kill Marzani in what he described as sending the sufferer “to play playing cards with St Peter”.
Mr Demce denies any wrongdoing.
Mr Costacurta is reported to have lived a lifetime of luxurious in Rome, partly supported by his household’s properties, together with a boutique resort in Prati, an upscale a part of the capital. He performed polo on the Rome Polo Membership, which hosted the Duke of Sussex for a charity occasion in 2019.
The prince took half within the polo match to lift cash for his charity, Sentebale, which helps individuals affected by Aids in southern Africa.
Mr Costacurta is claimed to have hyperlinks with Proper-wing extremists and took half in an assault on a pub in Rome in 2008 the place Left-wing youths confronted them.
The prince denied the allegations, his spokesman stated he had turned his again on his troubled youth. “Not too long ago he was in Africa engaged on initiatives run by monks. Does that appear just like the standing of a killer?” Marco Franco instructed Corriere della Sera newspaper.
However Andrea Fanelli, the decide who ordered Mr. Costacurta’s arrest, stated the prince had proven “an act that appeared to transcend the financial functions of his prison exercise”.