Indonesian police to deport mafia fugitive back to Italy

Feb 18, 2023, 2:12 PM | Updated: Feb 19, 2023, 4:14 am
Immigration officers escorted Australian fugitive Antonio Strangio, center, to a press conference i...

Immigration officers escorted Australian fugitive Antonio Strangio, center, to a press conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023. Indonesian immigration will deport Strangio who was wanted by Italy since 2016 on drug trafficking charges. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Sunday they will escort back to Italy an Italian-Australian fugitive who was arrested on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali after seven years on the run in connection with drug trafficking and organized crime.

Antonio Strangio, 32, appeared on Interpol’s “red notice” list when he was stopped and detained in Bali on Feb. 3 after arriving from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Bali police spokesperson Satake Bayu Setianto cited safety reasons in refusing to say when Strangio will be deported to Italy, where he’s wanted on charges of trafficking 160 kilograms (352 pounds) of marijuana. The suspect was shown to reporters at an airport news conference given by the police and was escorted to the departure hall on Sunday afternoon.

Strangio is allegedly connected to the ‘ndrangheta mafia, considered by Italian prosecutors to be the most important criminal organization in the Western world.

“For the ‘ndrangheta itself, there are special operations between European countries, and all of its members are red notice subjects who must be held accountable for trials in their respective countries,” Anggaito Hadi Prabowo, an official from the Indonesian national police international relations division, told reporters.

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Indonesian police to deport mafia fugitive back to Italy