ITALIAN PRESS HINTS PROBERS IN MURDER OF GUCCI MAY LOOKING FOR MAFIA TIE

Byline: Alessandra Ilari

MILAN — The Italian press was rife with speculation Thursday that the investigation into Maurizio Gucci’s murder has focused on investments he was making in a Swiss casino and a Spanish seaside resort.
The reports implied that these ventures could have involved Gucci — who was gunned down in his office building here Monday — in dealings with the Mafia that somehow soured.
The magistrate heading the murder probe could not be reached for comment on the reports.
Court sources here called the casino-Mafia connection inaccurate, but acknowledged that investigators are pursuing leads about Gucci’s affairs in Switzerland. The 46-year-old former head of the Gucci luxury goods firm was a legal resident of St. Moritz, had an apartment in Lugano and engaged in dealings with Swiss financial institutions.
The casino-Mafia reports were apparently sparked by documents the police have taken from Gucci’s office, which also turned out to be the official headquarters of a firm called Viersee Italia SRL, registered in Milan Chamber of Commerce records as operating in the tourism sector.
But Maurizio Gucci’s name does not appear anywhere in the Chamber of Commerce records as an administrator or executive of Viersee.
Authorities have scheduled an autopsy on Gucci, who was shot three times, for today. A funeral is expected to be held Monday, but sources close to the Guccis say that the family hasn’t yet decided whether to hold the services in Milan or St. Moritz.

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