Italian Fugitive Extradited After Hiding for 22 Years in Morocco

Intalian fugitive Angelo Fillipini

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.

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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.