Super Cartel boss Raffaele Imperiale lived like a “sheikh” in his luxurious Dubai shelter, surrounded by fancy cars, women and exclusive clubs, before being secretly caught two weeks ago, he said. we learned.
The 46-year-old boss of the Naples-based Camorra organization, who attended the wedding of cartel boss Daniel Kinahan in Dubai, was abducted by police on August 4 from a luxury villa he shared with his wife and their children.
The Italian had been in hiding in Dubai since 2016 after fleeing Europe where he was wanted by Italian authorities to serve an eight-year sentence for drug trafficking.
This week Sunday World revealed how Imperiale was arrested two weeks ago on August 4 in Dubai.
However, the high-profile arrest was not made public by Italian or local law enforcement officials who wanted to keep it under the radar and out of the media.
But they were forced to go public after the news leaked to Dutch media.
Since then, new details have emerged of how the ‘tall and very elegant Imperiale’ in his ‘bespoke suits, all made to measure and made in Naples’, enjoyed life as part of the golden ensemble in the kingdom of the desert.
His motto “no Graff, no love” (“without Graff there is no love”) referred to the fact that he was the best customer of the Graff boutique, home to the most fabulous jewelry in the world, in the Dubai Mall, itself one of the largest shopping centers ever built.
“Imperiale is known in Dubai for making many girls fall in love,” reveals a new profile from Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
“His friends were part of an international jet set, many of which were very powerful.”
Imperiale, he says, who had set up one of the most powerful criminal networks in Europe, Asia and South America, frequented only the best restaurants and footed the bill for everyone. .
“But then he liked things calm and simple and went with his children to eat burgers and fries,” he adds.
“There was no place in Dubai that was inaccessible to Imperiale: everywhere there was always a table ready for him and his friends .. hotels, clubs, restaurants, parties .. the waiters would rejoice when he arrived, because they would win. the best tip. of the season.
“At the Provocateur Club of the Four Seasons in Jumeirah (now closed), he ordered 30 bottles of Magnum Cristal.
He took the tour with three bodyguards, even though Dubai is one of the safest cities and to anyone who asked him why he replied, “They are used to protecting others from me, if they make me angry. Their mission is to block me. “.
According to the newspaper, “when a fight broke out, someone would always come and warn him: ‘You have to go now!’ and he had a group of chauffeured supercars waiting for him to return to “base”, Le Reve’s magnificent penthouse in the Dubai Marina.
Described as an “armored tower”, the entrance “looks like the lobby of a large hotel and the elevators are only activated with the encrypted code,” the newspaper reveals.
According to La Repubblica, Imperiale has also shown its “philanthropic face in Dubai”, donating clothes and toys to orphans in foster care while “keeping single mothers and their children in South America”.
“He drove ultra-customized cars of which he owned one of the few existing models in the world. His plates were two-digit, at most three, like those of the sheikhs.
According to reports in Italy, it will take at least a month before the Italian mobster is extradited from the United Arab Emirates.
His extradition will now hear testimony from the Naples prosecutor’s office and Dubai magistrates.
“The chief prosecutor of the DDA of Naples, Giovanni Melillo and his pool of magistrates have been working since August 4 (the day of his capture) on all the papers in concert with the Ministry of Grace and Justice”, according to the Italian media.
“The bilateral agreement with Italy on extraditions dates back to two years ago… it is clear to everyone that their lawyers will oppose it. The legal battle has only just begun and certainly promises twists and turns. “
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