Prominent Italian criminal lawyer shot dead

Rome, Aug 10 (IANS/AKI) Gunmen shot dead a high-profile criminal lawyer in Italy’s Calabria region as he was driving home late on Tuesday.

Police found Francesco Pagliuso’s bullet-ridden body slumped at the wheel of his car near his villa outside the town of Lamezia Terme.

The 43-year-old lawyer had defended prominent Calabrian mafia suspects in several trials. His clients also included well-known businessmen, senior officials and politicians.

Pagliuso owned a popular local nightspot and allegedly carried a loaded Magnum pistol with him at all times.

Another lawyer, Torquato Ciriaco, was shot dead in Lamezia Terme in 2002 in a case over which no one has yet been brought to trial.

–IANS/AKI

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