Police in southern Italy have this week launched a major crackdown on mafia activities following serious allegations of corruption over the awarding of building contracts for a Sicilian wind farm.
According to organized crime investigators, government officials were lavished with bribes, including luxury cars and cash, in an effort to ensure the contract — worth hundreds of thousands of Euros –was awarded to Mafia-backed businesses.
Police also claim the mafia-backed consortium based its own bid on a rival proposal that was stolen from a safe in council offices of Mazara del Vallo, the municipality that planned the wind farm.
It has long been widely known that the violent organised crime cartels of southern Italy have major links to the waste management industry. However, it now appears they are making efforts to expand their portfolio of environmental businesses to include the renewable energy industry.
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Andrew is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.