Tuesday, November 12, 2013

México: Italian Moreno Gallo, 68, Murdered in Acapulco, Linked to Organized Crime in Montréal

According to The Brampton Guardian, Mexican authorities said on Monday (November 11) that they are investigating the shooting death of an Italian national, 68-year-old Moreno Gallo, 68, linked to organized crime in Montréal who was killed inside a restaurant in the resort city of Acapulco. 
 
Guerrero state prosecutors said witnesses told investigators the man was sitting at a table Sunday (November 10) night inside an Italian restaurant on Acapulco's main tourist thoroughfare when two men approached him, one of whom pulled out a hand-gun and shot him in the back of the head. 

Prosecutors said in a statement released Monday that they have contacted the Italian Embassy in Mexico City to repatriate Gallo's body back to Italy. It said that investigators were working on a police sketch of the two assailants. 

COMMENT: Gallo, whose family immigrated from southern Italy's Calabría region to Canada in the 1950s, received a life sentence for the 1973 killing of a Montréal drug dealer, but was paroled in 1982, according to Canadian media reports. While he was imprisoned, his wife opened a bakery-restaurant in Montreal's Little Italy neighborhood. 

Canadian officials revoked his parole in 2007 and later began deportation proceedings. At the time, Gallo denied being a member of a criminal organization. 

Gallo was deported in January 2012, and the Canada Border Services Agency said Gallo has an "active implication in organized crime." 

Instead of returning his remains to his native Italy, Gallo moved to México and launched a challenge of his deportation order in Canadian Federal Court.