Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Vincenzo 'Jimmy' DeMaria fights deportation, again - update

Mob boss Vincenzo 'Jimmy' DeMaria isn't wasting any time playing his cards. The boss says he's a victim of anti-Italian ethnic profiling. "If you’re Italian, people say, 'We gotta watch this guy,’ says Jimmy DeMaria. "It’s a stereotype thing that unfortunately when you’re Italian you live in it."

Heinous ethnic profiling and anti-Italian stereotypes are behind 40 years of efforts to deport him from Canada he says. Jimmy was back-peddling furiously about his power base of Siderno. “It’s a typical profiling here,” he said. Q: “We’re not doing any profiling because I don’t even know if Siderno is the place where ‘Ndrangheta is active, I’m asking.” “I have no knowledge,” said DeMaria. “I don’t know the answer. The only answer I know is what I read in the newspaper, like everybody else.” He described allegations he is a famous mafia boss as “insane” and “lies.”
An IRB hearing is the latest in a multi-generational struggle to deport mob boss Vincenzo DeMaria, 69. He has resisted being sent back to Italy for 40 years, a country he left when he was nine months old. He never became a citizen. His conviction for murder after he shot a man who owed him money in 1981 meant he could never become Canadian. DeMaria has a reputation as a powerful underworld player and the “top guy in Toronto”. Prosectuors asked what he knew of organized crime. “Just what I read in the newspaper,” DeMaria replied. Sometimes he reads things in the papers that people he knows are in the mob, he said. He denied knowing anything about the ‘Ndrangheta.
The hearing began with rulings on motions by DeMaria’s legal team to have swaths of evidence ruled inadmissible for violating his Charter rights.
The always well-lawyered Jimmy might be in trouble this time. Secret wiretaps by Italian police who bugged a mafioso cell phone during his visit to Canada, deemed inadmissible in criminal court, can be used as evidence for the government’s attempt to deport DeMaria. The recordings are from 2019 when Vincenzo Muià and his cousin, Giuseppe Gregoraci, came to Canada. Muià said they came to find out who ambushed and killed his brother the year before in a mob feud in Siderno. A report in 2017 named Vincenzo DeMaria as one of seven senior ’Ndrangheta bosses and a leading member of its board of directors, called the Camera di Controllo.

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