ROME, APR 14 – Italian and Cambodian police on Wednesday arrested two Italian fugitive criminals convicted of sexual violence against a minor and financial offences respectively.
Antonello Marras, 45, from Ozieri near Sassari, and Christian Casagrande, 45, from Pordenone, were caught in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh after Marras was lured to the local immigration office with a ruse, police said.
Interpol helped track the pair down.
Marras was sentenced in 2003 to eight years and eight months in jail for sexual violence against a minor while Casagrande, sought since 2017, must serve remaining prison time of 13 years for a series of financial crimes ranging from aggravated extortion to counterfeiting credit cards.
Authorities said extradition proceedings would soon begin for the pair. ANSA
Local news site KHMEREAD added that Christian Casagrande (pictured) was arrested at 7:30 pm on April 13 in Trapeang Lvea village, Sangkat Kakap 1, Khan Por Sen Chey.
Local police said that the Po Sen Chey District 1 Administrative Police Force, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Department, led by Brigadier General Oum Ponlok, deputy director of the department, arrested the Italian, born in 1975. He was then sent to the Anti-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Department of the Ministry of Interior for further proceedings.
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