Reports: Top Italian mobster escapes from custody

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 12:47 PM
Reports: Top Italian mobster escapes from custody

Italian news reports say a top mobster believed to be the head of an organized crime clan involved in the slaying of six people in Germany in 2007 has escaped from custody.

News reports said Thursday that Antonio Pelle escaped from a hospital in Locri, in the southern Italian region of Calabria, where the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate is based.

Pelle had been given house arrest because he is anorexic, and was taken to hospital a few days ago, according to the ANSA news agency. He escaped custody Wednesday.

Pelle was hiding in a bunker in Calabria when he was arrested in 2008. He has been convicted of Mafia association. His family was involved in a feud that led to the Aug. 15, 2007 killing of six Italians outside a restaurant in Duisburg, Germany.