Plot to dig up Ferrari inventor thwarted

Enzo Ferrari.
Enzo Ferrari.

ITALIAN police have arrested a gang of 34 people in a firearms and drug trafficking raid – and also uncovered a bizarre plot to steal the body of Enzo Ferrari (pictured).

Police said the raid was at Nuoro, a town in Sardinia, and the 34 arrested were members of Anonima Sequestri, a Mafia-style organisation with a penchant for kidnapping prominent folk and demanding ransom.

Enzo Ferrari died in 1988 at age 90 after making his racing and sports cars one of the world’s most famous brands.

Police said the Sequestri planned to steal Ferrari’s casket, which is in an above-ground family tomb in the San Cataldo cemetery in Modena, near the Ferrari plant at Maranello, and then blackmail the Ferrari family for its return.

Bill Buys