Franco Roberti

Italian politician

Franco Roberti
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Member of the European Parliament
for Southern Italy
Incumbent
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1947-11-16) 16 November 1947 (age 75)
Naples, Italy
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Naples Federico II
ProfessionMagistrate

Franco Roberti (born 16 November 1947) is an Italian magistrate and politician, member of the European Parliament since 2019.[1][2]

Biography

Career as prosecutor

Early in his career, Roberti worked as anti-mafia prosecutor in Naples. In 2007, he managed to arrest mafia boss Edoardo Contini, at the time considered one of Italy's 30 most dangerous fugitives.[3]

Roberti served as National anti-mafia and anti-terrorist prosecutor from 2013 to 2017.[4] During his time in office, he led a 2016 effort of Italian, Colombian and U.S. police to seize 11 tonnes of cocaine and arrest 33 people from a mafia-linked ring which refined the drug in the jungles of Colombia and smuggled it out in containers of tropical fruits.[5] He also worked to ensure the mafia is blocked from playing any role in reconstruction after the August 2016 Central Italy earthquake that killed nearly 300 people.[6]

Member of the European Parliament

In 2019 Robert has been elected as a member of the European Parliament.[7] In the European Parliament, he has since been serving on the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). In addition to his committees assignments, he is a member of the parliament's delegations for relations with the Mashreq countries and to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. He is also a substitute member of several other EP committees, including LIBE (Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs).

References

  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ Laura Viggiano (December 15, 2007), Italian police arrest Naples mafia boss Reuters.
  4. ^ https://www.democratica.com/focus/franco-roberti-capolista-sud-pd-europee/
  5. ^ Philip Pullella (June 30, 2016), Italy, Colombia, U.S. seize 11 tonnes of cocaine, arrest 33 people Reuters.
  6. ^ Josephine McKenna (August 28, 2016), Italy must block mafia from earthquake rebuild, says prosecutor The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Chi è stato eletto alle Europee". 28 May 2019.
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