22 February 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • » 01/19/2018, 14.17


    Zhang Naizhong, alleged Chinese mafia boss, arrested yesterday

    32 others arrested with him charged with extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking. He had established a quasi-monopoly of the transport of goods to Chinese companies in Europe. Amazement and silence in Prato.

    Rome (AsiaNews) - Gambling, prostitution, drugs, but also a monopoly on the transport of Chinese goods throughout Europe: This is the criminal trade network that led yesterday to the arrest of a group of 33 people in Italy, all suspected of mafia activities.

    The group was based the city of Prato, home to Italy’s largest Chinese community, but there are also members in other parts of Italy - in Florence, Milan, Padua, Rome - and Paris, in Madrid and in Germany .

    According to the police report, the head of the organization is Zhang Naizhong, 48, a resident of Rome, who the investigation shows is capable of weaving relationships of trust with other gangs abroad. Through mafia methods, such as extortion and drug sales, he built the empire to become a quasi-monopoly in the distribution of goods from China to thousands of Chinese companies in Europe.

    Among the documents of the investigation is the transcription of a telephone interception in which Zhang tells of having met three collaborators in France, to whom he says that if they want they can also stop working with him. And he is quoted as saying: "I have only told them two things: if you join me you will live; if you go against me, you will die ". "The next day - he adds - at midday, all three came to me and told me that they want to join forces with us".

    Among the Chinese and Italian population of Prato there is amazement and a lot of tight lips: somehow everyone suspected there was a mafia, but not such a structured and broad organization.

    The investigation, called "China truck", began in 2011, following the clash between two gangs, one from Zhejiang (from which Zhang comes) and one from Fujian. Between 2005 and 2010 there were at least 40 murders caused by this war, until Zhang emerged victorious.

    Italian magistrates estimate that the group's assets had a value of several hundred million euros.

    On his arrest, the police seized the accounts of at least eight companies, several cars and "some" millions of euros.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    02/08/2017 10:48:00 CHINA
    Beijing, anti-corruption inspector expelled from Party: he is also corrupt

    Zhang Huawei, vice-minister of the Central Inspection Group. The Central Committee for Party Inspection speaks of "darkness hiding beneath the light". Without democracy, Xi Jinping's anti-corruption fight is a war lost from the outset.

    10/11/2015 VATICAN – ITALY
    Pope in Florence wants a Church that knows how to upset and inspire, one that rejects power but includes the poor, one that reaches out
    Some 2,500 people are in Florence for the Fifth National Congress of the Italian Church. Francis spoke to them about Christian humanism, and Jesus’ sentiments: humility, selflessness and the beatitudes. He called on young people to be strong and overcome apathy. “Let no one disparage your youth, but learn to be models in the way you speak and act. [. . .] Do not look down on life from the balcony; get involved instead, and immerse yourselves in broad social and political exchange.”

    13/06/2007 CHINA
    Corruption charges against judges and police in Tianjin, one suicide
    Top court and police officials are removed from office because of corruption charges. Song Pingshun, chairman of Tianjin's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, kills himself after meeting party officials. Beijing is cleaning up the situation by sending in new people.

    14/02/2018 11:49:00 CHINA
    Another Party boss, Lu Wei, expelled. Prisons for corrupt VIPs overflowing

    Lu Wei was head of internet security and deputy director of the Party's propaganda department. He is accused of having " did whatever it took to build personal fame", and also of having created cliques in the Party. Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has Qincheng prison filled to the brim with many of his personal enemies.

    08/02/2007 ITALY – CHINA
    Capitalia looking at new opportunities for Italy in China
    Conference organised by Capitalia, an Italian banking group, and Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, indicates that food, agriculture and the environment are key areas for Sino-Italian cooperation. Sea transportation and services are also seen as additional areas.

    Editor's choices

    Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)

    Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.

    Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug

    After losing to Sweden in their last match, the Korean team ends up in seventh place. Players burst into tears at their imminent separation. "Politicians made that executive decision [to have a joint team]. Our players and staff are the ones that made it work,” said the team’s proud Canadian coach. One South Korean athlete hopes the country is proud of them. "It was bigger than hockey."


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®