Antonio Ricci will now not be extradited after the Court of Appeal, Madam Justice Consuelo Scerri Herrera presiding, declared it did not concur with the opinion of the Court of Magistrates.
The Magisrates’ Court had concluded on 9 May that Ricci should be extradited to Italy to face charges relating to organised crime.
The Court of Criminal Appeal declared, however, that it did not result at this stage that investigations in his regard were concluded.
Antonio Ricci, who is the secretary of a Maltese gaming company and who has been living in Malta for the past 10 years, had been arrested towards the end of April following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant against him by the Calabria Court. This after suspicions that he had laundered mafia money.
According to the Italian Police authorities, Ricci was part of a clandestine gaming set-up. Much of the fraud carried out by Ricci, according to the Italian Police, had been in connection with clandestine online gaming. Italian investigators said the crime group were using mafia methods to infiltrate illegal gaming.
It was stated in the appeal that Ricci’s case had not yet started and it might not even start, and for this reason appellant could be released before being arraigned. It was further stated that the documentation submitted by Italy was unclear, and even contradictory in some instances, and everything indicated that the investigation in his regard had not been concluded.
Dr Franco Debono and Mario Mifsud appeared for Antonio Ricci.
Raġel suspettat li għandu rabtiet mal-mafja se jkun estradit lejn l-Italja