GUILTY, BUT AT LARGE – Friday July 12 2013

– Anti-mafia investigators in Italy are angry their Government has failed to jail three Australian-based Calabrian mafiosi over drug busts worth $2 billion.
The Mr Big of the trio, Victorian-born Nicola Ciconte, 58, died of pneumonia in a Cambodian hospital this week without serving a day of a 25-year sentence imposed by Italy’s courts.
In May last year Ciconte and fellow Victorians Vincenzo Medici and Michael Calleja were found guilty in their absence of drug charges.
Medici and Calleja were jailed for 15 years.
Australian Federal Police agents have since been expecting a request to arrest the trio for extradition.
An Italian Carabinieri officer said yesterday he and colleagues were disappointed no such move had been made.
He said the trio were convicted of exporting 220 kilograms of cocaine to Australia in 1999-2000 and of involvement in a later foiled plot to ship almost two tonnes of cocaine to Melbourne.
A Carabinieri document names Ciconte as head of the Melbourne cell of the Calabrian mafia’s global cocaine smuggling gang and says he was also the deputy head of the Italian-based international syndicate.
AFP Deputy Commissioner of Operations Mike Phelan confirmed yesterday the AFP knew where to find Medici, 48, and Calleja, 54.
“Whether those people will be going back to Italy to face their sentences will be a matter for the Italian Government,” Mr Phelan told the Herald Sun.
“The AFP can neither confirm or deny whether an application for extradition has been made at this stage.”
He said the AFP had prepared a brief of evidence to charge Ciconte, Medici and Calleja with drug offences in Australia, but the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended against doing so.
“The was insufficient evidence in the eyes of the DPP to secure a prosecution in Australia,” he said.
Mr Phelan said differing rules of evidence meant some information used to convict Ciconte, Medici and Calleja in Italy, including evidence from police informers, was unable to be used in Australia – Keith Moor

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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