Indonesia to extradite Italian mob boss arrested in Bali

Indonesia to extradite Italian mob boss arrested in Bali

The government will arrange the homebound travel of Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, the alleged boss of a crime family, after the Denpasar District Court granted Italy's request for the extradition of the murder and vandalism suspect.

Vitale was arrested last year in Bali after months of hiding on the resort island to evade a warrant from Italian authorities.

The court had ordered the prosecutors on his case to keep him in detention, but Attorney General's Office (AGO) spokesman Setia Untung Arimuladi said Saturday that the final decision would be in the hands of the President.

"The extradition's final approval will depend on the President," he said Saturday in Jakarta.

Setia said that the extradition request was made by the anti-mafia prosecutors' office in Palermo, Italy, through its government and diplomatic missions. It said that Vitale was alleged to have worked with accomplices in the Costra Nostra mafia group.

The group has been involved in extortion and vandalism in Palermo since 1998.

Setia added that the Attorney General considered granting the extradition of Vitale based on the principle of "dual criminality", which means that the violations he allegedly committed were also punishable under Indonesian laws.

"The request fulfills the dual criminality aspect, which emphasizes local criminal law and its enforcement," he stated, as quoted by metrobali.com.

The AGO praised the court for its ruling over the request, which was in line with prosecutors' demand.

As the Italian prosecutors demanded Vitale be returned before Dec. 7 - the deadline to prosecute him - Setia said that the Law and Human Rights Ministry could use this as a basis to immediately follow up the request as stipulated in the 1979 Law on extradition.

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