Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro arrested after eluding seize for three a long time

Convicted Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, was arrested on Monday at a private clinic in Palermo, Sicily, after three a long time on the run, Italian paramilitary police mentioned.

Messina Denaro was captured on the clinic the place he was receiving remedy for an undisclosed medical situation, mentioned Carabinieri Gen. Pasquale Angelosanto, who heads the police power’s particular operations squad.

In a police picture exhibiting him sitting in a police van, Messina Denaro was carrying a brown leather-based jacket and white skull cap and his trademark tinted glasses. His face seemed wan. He was taken to a secret location by police immediately after the arrest, Italian state tv reported.

A youthful man when he went into hiding, he is now 60. Messina Denaro, who had an affect base inside the port metropolis of Trapani, in western Sicily, was thought-about Sicily’s Cosa Nostra extreme boss even whereas a fugitive.

He was the final of three longtime fugitive extreme-stage Mafia bosses who had for many years eluded seize.

Messina Denaro, who was tried in absentia and convicted of dozens of murders, faces a quantity of life sentences.

A picture of a young man is shown alongside a computer-generated image of his face.
Messina Denaro, left, is proven as a youthful man in an undated picture, alongside a laptop computer-generated and aged picture of the prolonged-sought fugitive. (LaPresse/The associated Press)

he is set to be imprisoned for are two bombings in Sicily in 1992 that killed extreme anti-Mafia prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. amongst completely different grisly crimes he was convicted of is the homicide of a Mafia turncoat’s youthful son, Giuseppe Di Matteo, who was strangled and his physique dissolved in a vat of acid.

He additionally faces a life sentence for his position in bomb assaults in Florence, Rome and Milan that killed 10 people in 1993.

earlier sightings

The arrest Monday obtained here 30 years and a day after the Jan. 15, 1993, seize in 1993 of convicted “boss of bosses” Salvatore (Toto) Riina, in a Palermo condo after 23 years on the run. Messina Denaro went into hiding in summer time of that very similar 12 months, as a consequence of the Italian state waged a crackdown on the Sicilian crime syndicate following the murders of Falcone and Borsellino.

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni tweeted that Messina Denaro’s seize is a “good victory of the state, which reveals that it would not surrender inside the face of the Mafia.”

Italy’s Mafia boss who set the file for the longest time on the lam was Bernardo Provenzano, captured in a farmhouse shut to Corleone, Sicily, in 2006 after 38 years as a fugitive. as quickly as Provenzano was in police palms, the hunt focused on Messina Denaro, however regardless of pretty simply a few reported sightings of the boss, he managed to elude arrest, till Monday.

that every three extreme bosses have been in the end arrested inside the coronary heart of Sicily whereas they performed a long time of a clandestine life will not shock Italy’s police and prosecutors. legal guidelines enforcement have prolonged mentioned that such bosses rely on contacts and confidentiality of fellow mobsters and complicit relations to maneuver the fugitives from hideout to hideout, current primary wants, like meals and clear clothes and communication, and a code of silence referred to as “omerta.”

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Riina and Provenzano lived out the final years of their life inside the strictest of Italian jail situations reserved for unrepentant organized crime bosses and refused to co-function with investigators.

cautious of being tracked down by cellphone use, Mafia bosses usually resort to handwritten notes referred to as “pizzini.” When Provenzano was nabbed in his rustic, almost primitive, hideaway inside the countryside, police found a stash of such notes.

With the crackdown that started inside the Nineteen Nineties in opposition to Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, the island’s Mafiosi started shedding their dominance in Italy in contrast with completely different organized crime syndicates.

whereas the Sicilian Mafia was significantly weakened by a small army of turncoats, on the mainland, the ‘Ndrangheta syndicate, primarily based inside the “toe” of the Italian peninsula, steadily eclipsed Cosa Nostra in attain and affect.

nonetheless the Sicilian Mafia nonetheless runs drug trafficking operations. completely different profitable illicit companies embody infiltration of public works contracts and extortion of small enterprise residence owners who’re threatened in the event that they do not frequently pay “safety money.”


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