An Italian mafia leader has escaped from a detention center in Uruguay, the place he was waiting for extradition to Italy, the Uruguayan Ministry of Interior mentioned in an announcement.
Rocco Morabito, an infamous member of the Calabrian Mafia, has been one of Italy’s most-wanted fugitives since 1994.
Morabito was arrested in 2017 after longer than 20 years on the run. Convicted in absentia for drug trafficking and arranged-crime actions in Italy, he was sentenced to 30 years in jail.
The drug kingpin and three different inmates managed to escape the National Institute of Rehabilitation (INR) in Montevideo through a gap and out onto the rooftop of the building late on Sunday evening. The group robbed a close-by farmhouse before fleeing, based on the ministry.
Interpol has issued a red warning — its highest-priority international arrest warrant — for all four escapees. One of many fugitives is pending extradition to Brazil, and one other to Argentina.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini mentioned it was disconcerting that a criminal like Morabito had managed to flee from jail in Uruguay while ready to be deported to Italy. He pledged to resolve the escape, and to “keep hunting Morabito, wherever he is, to throw him in jail as he deserves.”
Authorities stated Morabito — one among Italy’s five most-wanted fugitives — entered Uruguay in 2001 utilizing false Brazilian identification papers together with a bogus delivery certificates. He lived in a snug rural villa close to the city of Maldonado, adjoining to the resort metropolis of Punta del Este, for a couple of decades.
On arrest, Morabito had 13 cell telephones, an automatic pistol, 12 credit score and debit cards, a big amount of Uruguayan cash and $50,000 in US cash, plus foreign money certificates value US $100,000, the Uruguayan Interior Ministry mentioned.