The international fugitive Mucllari Leonard was arrested by the Carabinieri in Albania

(To Arms of the Carabinieri)
12/05/17

POGRADEC (ALBANIA): at the first light of today's dawn, 11 May 2017, the Carabinieri of the Locri Group and in particular of the Operations and Radiomobile Unit of the company of Bianco, assisted by staff of the International Police and Police Cooperation Service Albanian arrested the fugitive Mucclari Leonard, 28enne, originally from Albania, sought after from October of 2011 when he escaped from the home detention regime he was subjected to at his parents' residence in Palizzi Marina (RC).

The fugitive, considered as a result of the investigative findings as an element of high criminal caliber, was sentenced in the 2014 by the Court of Locri at the penalty of more than 7 years of imprisonment.

The same, the 26 October of 2011, on his birthday, after having escaped from the house arrest, he managed to organize a complex escape for Albania at night, where, at just 5 days away, the following November 1 completed the procedures for the modification of their personal data by Mucclari Leonard a Mucollari Hasan, convinced that he would thus guarantee impunity for the numerous crimes committed in Italy and reorganize his life in Albania as a free man.

The 13 of 2012, in fact, the fugitive has contracted a regular marriage with a compatriot in Albania setting his residence in Pogradec, a town of about 30 thousand inhabitants in the south-west of the country, overlooking Lake Ohrid on the border with Macedonia, where he habitually worked as a hauler. A daughter was born in the 2014 marriage.

Despite the first research activities of the fugitive have given negative results, the investigators have always remained on his trail making an attentive, meticulous and constant monitoring of his relatives in Italy, or parents and younger sister, all residing in Palizzi Marina. The many precautions used by all the members of the family, who in the early years interrupted any contact with the fugitive, however, complicated research activities. The tenacity of the military, however, after about 5 years from the evasion of Mucclari Leonard, has been repaid.

The time spent has probably led the fugitive to feel safe, also strong of his new identity and residence in the country of origin and it was sufficient a single phone contact, occurred in September of the 2016 between the users of Mucclari and the one in use to the father, to provide a new and strong impulse to the investigations. In fact, complex technical telephone and environmental interception activities have been started, which have made it possible to monitor contacts and movements of the entire family unit, as well as to reconstruct the new composition in Albania. An ancient local tradition wants, in fact, that the daughter-in-law call "mother" the mother-in-law, and this has allowed in the first measure to learn of the marriage of the fugitive as well as to identify with certainty his wife. Moreover, an important element of innovation is represented in the circumstance by the use by the investigators of a well-known social network, the result is a fundamental support to fully identify friends and family of the fugitive in Albania, but also to reconstruct with details the details of its new private life: starting from the location of the same in Pogradec, to subsequently identify the house, the places frequented and its new appearance.

Finally, in December of 2016, a trip to Albania carried out by the parents of the fugitive, eager to meet his niece, allowed the certain location of his new residence and the start of procedures to internationalize the Executive Measure of the Court of Locri, by virtue of which the men of the Arma were able to capture the fugitive directly in Albania, thanks also to the close synergy with the International Police Cooperation Service and to the collaboration provided on the spot by the Albanian Authorities.

Thus ended the long inaction of Mucclari Leonard, who, conducted at the Pogradec prison, will have to serve the sentence of 7 years and 3 months of imprisonment.