In a surprising turn of events, Vincenzo La Porta, a notorious Italian fugitive, was apprehended in Corfu, Greece, after his celebrations following Napoli soccer league’s recent victory inadvertently exposed his whereabouts. The 60-year-old had successfully evaded authorities for the past 11 years, until his passion for soccer led to his undoing.
La Porta, who featured prominently among Italy’s “100 Most Dangerous Fugitives” list, was spotted in a photograph of ecstatic fans celebrating the Napoli win in Corfu. Carabinieri parliamentary police, based in Naples, had been closely monitoring his online activities, including financial transactions, and patiently waited for him to slip up.
Swiftly acting upon this critical lead, police tailed La Porta in Corfu and managed to intercept him as he rode on a motorcycle. The Greek police made the arrest on Friday afternoon, thereby bringing an end to his notorious run. La Porta’s criminal activities primarily revolved around his affiliation with the infamous Camorra syndicate based in Naples. He had been convicted in absentia for a myriad of criminal and organizational offenses.
The arrest comes as a result of La Porta’s inability to resist celebrating Napoli’s hard-fought championship victory. The police, in their statement, noted, “Betraying him was his passion for soccer and for the Napoli team.” This momentary lapse in judgment has proven to be this fugitive’s downfall.
On Saturday, La Porta appeared before a prosecutor in Corfu, who ordered him to be held in jail until the Italian extradition request could be processed. However, his defense lawyer, Athanassios Giannakouris, emphasized that his client would fight against extradition. La Porta, convicted long ago for tax offenses, had started a new life in Greece, where he formed a family and supported them by working as a cook. Giannakouris argued that extradition would cruelly disrupt their lives and render them destitute.
As the legal battle unfolds, authorities are being praised for their tireless efforts in bringing down a prominent figure within the criminal underworld. This arrest serves as a reminder that no matter how elusive a fugitive may be, their momentary lapse in vigilance can lead to their ultimate downfall.