Mussolini's yacht seized from Mafia-linked businessman
Italian police have seized a classic sailing boat which once belonged to fascist dictator Benito Mussolini from a businessman with links to the Mafia. Black Flame was confiscated from Salvatore Squillante along with €28 million of assets including real estate, luxury cars and company shares.
The confiscation came after Squillante rented property to a firm owned by convicted murderer Salvatore Buzzi who was taped during an investigation in to the Capital Mafia saying the drug trade was proving less lucrative than schemes involving migrants. It is believed a pact may exist between Squillante and Buzzi's organised crime ring to defraud the Roman administration through contracts awarded to manage migrant reception.
Black Flame itself has a troubled history. One of the most amazing superyachts given as gifts, it was presented to Mussolini by a fellow fascist friend but was sunk when the regime fell in 1943 to stop it passing into the hands of the Germans. It was later hauled out of the water and restored before being bought by Squillante through one of his companies.