DENPASAR, INDONESIA (AP) – Indonesian police said yesterday they will escort back to Italy an Italian-Australian fugitive who was arrested on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali after seven years on the run in connection with drug trafficking and organised crime.
Antonio Strangio, 32, appeared on Interpol’s “red notice” list when he was stopped and detained in Bali on February 3 after arriving from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Bali police spokesperson Satake Bayu Setianto cited safety reasons in refusing to say when Strangio will be deported to Italy, where he’s wanted on charges of trafficking 160 kilogrammes of marijuana.
The suspect was shown to reporters at an airport news conference given by the police and was escorted to the departure hall yesterday afternoon.
Strangio is allegedly connected to the ‘ndrangheta mafia, considered by Italian prosecutors to be the most important criminal organisation in the Western world.
“For the ‘ndrangheta itself, there are special operations between European countries, and all of its members are red notice subjects who must be held accountable for trials in their respective countries,” said an official from the Indonesian national police Anggaito Hadi Prabowo.