Under Police escort, Italian businessman Antonio Ricci has arrived in Italy after being extradited to face accusations of alleged criminal activities. He was extradited on a European Arrest Mandate just eight days after accepting he be sent to Italy following amendments made in the acts of accusation. Television Malta monitored the arrival of Ricci at the airport before he left Malta.
Under the armed escort of Corrective Facility officials, Ricci was transported to the airport two hours before the flight time to Rome. He was escorted directly to a restricted part of the airport.
Ricci, who was Company Secretary of a gaming company in Malta and has been residing in Malta with his wife and children for the last ten years, is facing charges of criminal plots in Italy.
Together with other persons, including the alleged mandate of the homicide of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Yorgen Fenech, he is being investigated by the Italian authorities for allegations of gaming corruption on football matches related to Italy’s Serie A, involving four football matches. The same investigations have already led to criminal proceedings against the former President of the Sicilian team, AC Catania, Nino Pulvirenti.
The 43-year-old Italian resides in Swieqi and was first arrested toward the end of April last year. However, the Court decision that he should be extradited to Italy was overturned by the Court of Appeal presided by Judge Consuelo Scerri Herrera.
He was again arrested under the EU Mandate on 20th December and was arraigned in Court on the following day. Police Inspector Mark Galea accused him on fewer charges than previously charged with. Nine days before sentence was delivered, after months of legal battles in Court, Ricci accepted to be extradited after amendments were made to the charges against him.
In a letter, Ricci remarked he is prepared to face the Reggio Calabria Court on the latest indictment charges in the EU Mandate. Magistrate Dr Nadine Lia ordered he be retained under arrest and extradited within a period of ten days.
This evening, Antonio Ricci, under Police escort, boarded the Alitalia flight to Fiumicino Airport in Rome.