Chapter I – 22 April 2020

Concerned with reports of the Mafia’s exploitation of the current global crisis, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has had the privilege of bringing together four leading figures in Italy’s fight against the mafia for a virtual roundtable to discuss how the mafia is repositioning itself during the pandemic, what the implications are and how the Italian government is responding. 

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Chapter II – 11 June 2020

With regard to mafia activity in the context of the pandemic, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has carried out research into mafia involvement in three key sectors:

  • Healthcare system
  • Prisons
  • Welfare provision
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Chapter III – 11 June 2020

In these interviews with Italian anti-mafia and organized-crime experts, we explore various ways in which mafia groups in Italy and overseas are exploiting the economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic – from providing so-called mafia welfare services to capturing sectors of the legal economy, drug trafficking and money laundering.

The interviews are a sequel to our virtual roundtable with four leading figures in Italy’s fight against the mafia, which discusses how the mafia is repositioning itself during the pandemic.

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With contribution from Lyes Tagziria and Ruggero Scaturro

Parallel Contagion 1 (Gabrielli - Gratteri - Cafiero de Raho - Morra)

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Parallel Contagion 3 (Cantone - Cucchiara - Minenna - Tartaglia)

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Sergio Nazzaro

Sergio writes investigative reports mainly on national and international organized crime, with particular reference to the mafia of African origin. His latest books are: “Castel Volturno reportage on the Mafia African” published by Einaudi and “Nigerian mafia, the first investigation of the anti-trafficking task force” by Città Nuova, among many others.
For the Italian Wired magazine, Sergio realized the exclusive reportage on the last secret NATO bunker in Italy.
In 2013, he was awarded the “Peace Witness – Press section.” prize. He is also an adviser to the Anti-Mafia parliamentary commission as a Camorra expert and foreign mafias expert, with particular relevance to those of African origin.

Since November 2018, Sergio serves as spokesman for the President of the Anti-Mafia parliamentary commission and also as the spokesperson for Italy’s Deputy Minister of the Interior. Since January 2020, he is the voluntary spokesperson for Italy’s Deputy Minister of Health for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.
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Lyes Tagziria

Lyes joined the Global Initiative in October 2017 and his primary focus is the Organised Crime Index. The Organised Crime Index for Africa was launched in September 2019 and Lyes is the Research Coordinator for the Global Organised Crime Index. He has also contributed to numerous other projects at the Global Initiative, including the launch of the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Index in January 2019.
Prior to joining the Global Initiative, Lyes was concluding his academic career, obtaining a BA Politics & Economics from Newcastle University and an MSc in Security Studies from University College London (UCL). His research interests include measuring organised crime using quantitative methods, Italian organised crime groups and the links between Brexit and organised crime.
Holding dual British-Algerian nationality and having grown up in Italy, Lyes is fluent in English, French and Italian.
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Ruggero Scaturro

Ruggero is a human rights practitioner who holds a bachelor’s in international cooperation and economic development from the University of Palermo (Italy), a Master of Arts in human rights from the University of Vienna, and an Executive Master in Strategic Communication and Lobbying from the Italian UN Association (SIOI) in Rome. Prior to joining the GI, Ruggero authored and co-authored publications on the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the nexus between corruption and human rights violations.

With over 10 years of professional sailing, he is a true lover of “his” Mediterranean Sea and actively advocates for its restorations as a safe and legitimate place for social and cultural cohesion. Ruggero speaks Italian, English, Spanish and a bit of Maltese.

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