The Italian press has simply printed the video of the execution of Fabrizio Piscitelli alias Diabolik, one of many leaders of Lazio’s ultras, the Irriducibili. The latter was shot lifeless in a park in Rome in August 2019, and the video that the Repubblica newspaper obtained completely allowed the justice to find out that the hitman is a person named Raul Esteban Calderon.
The homicide appears to have been motivated by the battle for the administration of the locations of offers in Rome. In line with the judges, Piscitelli was the pinnacle of a gaggle of drug traffickers who aimed to increase their maintain on the town of Rome. He had up to now been arrested and indicted in a global drug commerce between Italy and Spain, accused of getting organized the import of hashish resin from Spain. The community is linked to a determine of organized crime: Michele “O’Pazzo” Senese, chief in Rome of the Moccia clan of the Camorra and a key determine in Roman crime.
On November 28, 2019, three months after Diabolik’s assassination, his whole community fell following a significant police operation. The investigation resulted in a complete seizure of 250 kilos of cocaine and 4,250 kilos of cannabis, with a complete retail worth estimated at round 120 million euros. A turnover achieved in 9 months. But in addition to the arrest of his accomplice Fabrizio Fabietti (sentenced to 30 years in jail). A complete of 51 folks had been imprisoned and/or positioned beneath home arrest: amongst them, members of the underworld concerned in ecology-related trafficking within the Lazio area, petty thugs, but in addition members of the primary extremely group from Lazio.
A bullet belonging to a batch in use within the Italian police
Within the courtroom proceedings, the bullet used to kill Piscitelli is described as “a conflict ammunition in use within the police forces, lot 33/16 attributed to the service of Viminale“. The ammunition is bought completely via public tenders and is then allotted to the varied departments, so there isn’t any doubt that it comes from a legislation enforcement workplace. It might, in any case, belong to a weapon misplaced or stolen by somebody. The pistol, Piscitelli’s homicide weapon, was by no means discovered.
In line with the Roman newspaper, Il Messaggero, the killer might additionally rely on a mole in service inside the Rome police headquarters, an aged police officer near retirement. The agent was accused by Calderon’s ex-girlfriend: the girl claims to have stolen a weapon throughout a theft in a jewellery retailer in Torre Maura and that it was this weapon which was then used to kill Piscitelli. Her ex-boyfriend would even have gone to warn her that in a video taken by the jewellery retailer’s safety digital camera, her face and her id may very well be acknowledged. The killer advised him that the information had reached him from a police particular person with whom he was shut.
Argentinian Raul Esteban Calderon killed Diabolik and was the fabric executor (he was arrested in 2021), however to this present day the instigator of this homicide stays unknown. Mafia-style aggravated homicide is the cost introduced by prosecutors in opposition to the killer. In line with the speculation of the investigators, the sponsor of the ambush may very well be Giuseppe Molisso, who has already been recognized because the instigator of the homicide of Shehaj Selavdi, killed on the seaside, additionally by Calderon. Selavdi, an Albanian, had simply seen his home arrest come to an finish after being arrested in the summertime of 2017 for drug trafficking.
Who was Diabolik, aka Fabrizio Piscitelli?
“Diabolik, alias Fabrizio Piscitelli, one of many leaders of the extremely supporters of the Roman soccer group Lazio, was killed on Wednesday by a gunshot to the pinnacle in a park in Rome (…) The ambush, wherein the chief of the Indomitables of Lazio was injured earlier than succumbing to his accidents, occurred in broad daylight, within the park of Acqueducts, not removed from Cinecitta, within the suburbs of Rome. In line with the media, the sufferer had been the topic of investigations up to now in drug instances and all avenues are being thought-about by the investigators, together with that of a settling of scores. His attacker would have approached him from behind and would have shot on the top of the left ear. It was a passerby who gave the alert. wrote Eurosport in 2019.
An everyday on the Stadio Olimpico because the age of 13, he was at all times situated within the North Curva, that of the ultras of Lazio, not like the South, which these of Roma occupy when their group performs there.
The membership’s fan base has at all times been extremely politicized: throughout Italy’s ‘lead years’ of the Nineteen Seventies, it was quite common to see, among the many white and sky blue colours of Lazio supporters, many symbols of Benito Mussolini brandished in entrance of communist teams. It was a time when Lazio ultras had been each victims and perpetrators of political assassinations. It was the turbulent decade wherein Piscitelli first visited the stadium. However it was additionally a interval of sporting decline: the fantastic scudetto of 1974 was over, and shortly match-fixing scandals would relegate the group to Serie B.
Within the mid-Nineteen Eighties, Lazio’s predominant agency, the Eagles, appeared too tender for Piscitelli and his mates together with a graphic designer referred to as Grinta (“Grit”). In 1987, Grinta and his fellow vacationers, together with FABRIZIO TOFFOLO, based a brand new group, the Irriducibili, whose image is a personality in a bowler hat, Mr. Enrich (the group existed unofficially since 1981). There follows a gang conflict with the Eagles, for the supremacy of the Curva, a conflict gained by the Irriducibili.
Sportingly, Lazio skilled a revival within the Nineteen Nineties. The membership signed world-class gamers like Beppe Signori and Paul Gascoigne however noticed the departure of its “little one”, Paolo di Canio, who would return within the early 2000s to the best delight. followers. It’s taken over by a rich entrepreneur, Sergio Cragnotti. Beneath Swedish coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, Lazio gained their second scudetto, in addition to a UEFA Cup and two Italian Cup finals.
All of the sudden there may be some huge cash in soccer and, particularly, in Lazio. The Ultras had at all times produced stickers, scarves, badges, fanzines and equipment to fund their choreography, premises and journey, however the Irriducibili have taken it to a different stage. They lease warehouses, open franchises and develop into an actual enterprise. Their provocations make the entrance web page of the newspapers, and sometimes of tv, throughout Europe. On the top of their energy (with Diabolik among the many influential leaders of the group), they repeatedly got here by the a whole lot to Lazio’s coaching floor to specific their anger at their failing group and to carry common conferences with the captain of Lazio. on the time, Alessandro Nesta (1993-2002 at Lazio).
Seeing the amount of cash to be made, the leaders of the Irriducibili flip this cottage business right into a enterprise empire referred to as Authentic Followers.
At its peak, Authentic Followers had 14 shops in Rome. The turnover was largely in money, so it’s tough to acquire exact figures, however Piscitelli grew to become, like a few of his fellow vacationers, a millionaire. (A sum of two.3 million euros was confiscated from him in 2016). On the top of his energy, Piscitelli might get anybody he wished into the stadium (even, very showily, himself regardless of considered one of his many stadium bans). A police unionist as soon as complained on TV that the capo (chief) had been ushered into sure police hallways that had been closed to him even to him (Quoted by Tobias Jones in his ebook on the Ultras) .
Earnings and connections made the Irriducibili very highly effective. Toffolo, one other chief of the group, as soon as boasted of being as highly effective as a union chief: “I characterize 15,000 folks” , he stated. “ Unity within the ranks is absolute: 4 big loudspeakers are put in within the northern curva so that everybody is obliged to observe the chief. Spontaneity is punished, gown codes are imposed. “Nobody would ever dare to be conceited right here,” one of many leaders as soon as advised me, “as a result of we’re a navy group.” The group staged riots to stop tax money owed imposed on Lazio by the Italian authorities. He boycotted newspapers. He even tried to take over Lazio itself, funded by organized crime cash and utilizing Italian-Welsh Lazio legend Giorgio Chinaglia as a entrance man. writes Tobias Jones.
Piscitelli takes increasingly dangers. He went from merchandising to drug trafficking, utilizing his connections with the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. He runs the Ponte Milvio district, north of the Stadio Olimpico. At the moment, the violence had exceeded the stage of fists on the terrace and fights within the stadiums: The leg of an Irriducibili, severed, is present in a tributary of the Tiber (his physique won’t ever be discovered). Within the Nineteen Nineties, he was linked to the Abate clan, a department of the Camorra established on the outskirts of Naples, on the slopes of Vesuvius, but in addition very current within the capital. Later, his identify was cited in quite a few instances, and he appeared above all, in 2014, within the Mafia capital scandal, which delivered to mild the hyperlinks between the administration of the town of Rome and arranged crime.
Piscitelli was additionally accused of promoting a whole lot of kilos of narcotics and was finally arrested in 2015. Piscitelli’s stash contained axes, swords, truncheons, a pistol and cellphone jammers.
He was first imprisoned, then positioned beneath home arrest. His villas had been confiscated. Then after paying his debt, Piscitelli tried to make a comeback. He made peace with Claudio Lotito, the president of Lazio in opposition to whom he had lengthy opposed. His energy, and his well being, had been on the decline, nonetheless.
Anyway, for the Ultras of Lazio, Fabrizio Piscitelli was the chief of the Curva, the Capo di tutti capi as they are saying. He lastly died as violently as he lived, on August 7, 2019, shot at the back of the pinnacle whereas he was quietly sitting on a bench.
Following the announcement of his assassination, all through Italy, extremely teams paid tribute to him, through banners, messages, tifos.
— Simone Rovera (@SimoneRovera) August 26, 2019
Warning, video with pictures which will offend the sensibilities of the youngest.
Additionally learn this wonderful article which retraces the entire affair and which delves into the world of Lazio followers.
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