Roberto Saviano, a journalist who exposed Italian mafia, made a rare appearance in public at the Hay Literary Festival. He has been living under police protection for years after he published exposés regarding members of the Camorra – a Neapolitan branch of the mafia.
At the festival, he was accompanied by several security guards. He said:
“If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me well it’s Afghanistan, Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it’s the UK.
It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital. 90 % of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore.
Jersey and the Cayman’s are the access gates to criminal capital in Europe and the UK is the country that allows it. That is why it is important why it is so crucial for me to be here today and to talk to you because I want to tell you , this is about you, this is about your life, this is about your government.”
He also said: Leaving EU may leave us more exposed to organised crime. It means allowing the Qatari societies, the Mexican cartels, the Russia Mafia to gain even more power and HSBC has paid £2 billion Euros in fines to the US government, because it confessed that it had laundered money coming from the cartels and the Iranian companies.
Saviano wrote about organised crime back in the early 2000’s, however after publishing best-seller Gomorra (a book which named members of the gang, their business connections and some criminal activity) his life was threatened.