Rome, Aug 10 : 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.