Italy: Minister shows Mafia stance with swim in seized pool
ROME (AP) — Italy’s interior minister has demonstrated his anti-Mafia priorities by diving into a swimming pool at a Tuscan villa that was confiscated from a mobster.
Matteo Salvini then swam a lap in the pool as journalists watched on Tuesday.
The villa was seized from a Mafia boss in 2007 after 24 years of legal procedures and turned into a resort.
Anti-Mafia prosecutors have long advocated fighting organized crime by depriving mobsters of ill-gotten property, including houses, hotels, farms and restaurants.
Salvini’s League party boasts a get-tough-on-crime stance, but organized crime issues were largely absent from his election campaign this year.
Referring to stripping mobsters of illicitly acquired wealth, Salvini said: “We must leave these gentlemen in their underwear.”
He advocated streamlining confiscation procedures so properties can be quickly converted for other uses.