Dutch police arrest alleged criminal gang leader at Italy's request

Other News Materials 1 April 2008 02:52 (UTC +04:00)

( AP ) - Dutch authorities say they have arrested the alleged leader of an international criminal gang at the request of Italian authorities.

The 27-year-old Albanian man was armed when he was arrested in an Amsterdam Internet cafe, along with three alleged accomplices, prosecutors say in a statement.

The man, whose name was not released, escaped from a police cell in Albania in 2006, where he was being held in connection with the murder of two police officers.

The anti-Mafia department in Florence wants him for alleged drug running and attempted murder.

Italy will seek his extradition, Dutch prosecutors say.