Italy's military police head sentenced to jail for smuggling drugs

10:32, July 13, 2010      

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Milan Court on Monday sentenced the head of the anti-mafia and anti-terrorism unit of Italian military Carabinieri corps to 14 years in prison for smuggling drugs.

In addition to jail time, the 61-year-old Giampaolo Ganzer was suspended from the execution of all public duties and fined 65,000 euros.

According to prosecutors, Ganzer set up his own drug trafficking ring together with a few colleagues in the 1990s in order to repress it, obtain success and advance his career.

In 1993 the group of Carabinieri also brought to Italy weapons from Beirut including 119 kalashnikovs, four bazookas, two rocket launchers and thousands of bullets, that were sold to Calabrian mafia "Ndrangheta".

Other 12 former officers and two drug dealers, who were found guilty, were sentenced to jail terms from five to 13 years. Ganzer, who is entitled to two automatic appeals, denied the charges.

Source: Xinhua


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