The court on Sint Maarten declared Wednesday that they approved the extradition of casino boss Francesco Corallo to Italy. Italy suspects Corallo (1960) of ties with the Sicilian Cosa Nostra. He is suspected of tax fraud, bribery of several politicians and money laundering. Francesco Corallo is the main suspect in several cases in Italy and is suspected to be the leader of a criminal organization.
Corallo’s name also appears in police investigation records about the corruption by former premier of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte. According to the Public Prosecutor, Corallo paid, bribes to influence building projects and policies in the casino world. Corallo holds both the Italian and Dutch nationality. Italy asked for corallo’s extradition in early 2017 after an international coordinated action against corruption in the Antilles.
Corallo’s lawyers decided to appeal the first sentence. During this appeal Francesco was sentenced to three years in prison. After being sentenced for three years he managed to remain a free man.
Earlier this year police in Brazil arrested italian Vincenzo Macri son of Antonio Macri, leader of the ndrangheta. Police in Italy is still asking for his extradition.