|Calabria/ Italy|  Ernesto Fazzalari

Born:  September 16, 1969 - Taurianova

Dead:  /

Ernesto Fazzalari is a leading member of the 'Ndrangheta and was one of Europe's most wanted fugitives from 1996 until his capture in 2016.

Ernesto Fazzalari was born in Taurianova, in the Province of Reggio Calabria and headed the Zagari-Fazzalari clan with Carmelo Zagari. From 1989 until 1991 the clan was in a bloody feud with a rival clan which left 32 people dead. In 1996 Fazzalari, who by then was accused of kidnapping, murder and drug trafficking, went into hiding. In 1999 he was sentenced to life in absentia. It lasted until 2016 for the police to find his whereabouts and arrest him. Police had already nearly succeeded in his capture in 2004, when they discovered a bunker in which he had lived for a time. Two of his accomplices were then arrested. Inside the bunker the Carabinieri also found several expensive bottles of wine and champagne.


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