Mafia Godmother Arrested in Rome

Italian police arrested a prominent female mafia boss, dubbed ‘The Godmother’ by her associates, as she attempted to flee Spain.

Maria Licciardi, 70, was arrested at Rome’s Ciampino airport on Saturday morning as she checked in her bags for her flight to Malaga, where her daughter lives.

Prosecutors in Naples earlier characterized her as the group’s actual “madrina,” or “godmother.” 

According to Carabinieri police personnel, Licciardi “didn’t bat an eyelash” as Carabinieri police officers carried out the arrest on the orders of Naples prosecutors.

Licciardi is a member of the Camorra family clan created by her late brother, Gennaro Licciardi, who died in prison in 1994. She is known as “la piccoletta” or “little one” because of her diminutive stature.

The anti-mafia unit in Naples believes she has been effectively running the group based in the Scampia and Secondigliano suburbs.

Interior minister Luciana Lamorgese praised the arrest, saying it demonstrated “the commitment and determination” of police to “counteract the Camorra organizations that widely control large territories and manage illicit affairs.”

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