Italy arrested Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, the nation’s most needed fugitive, on Monday at a well being clinic in Palermo, Sicily, after 30 years on the run, in accordance with Italian paramilitary police.
Messina Denaro, 60, was apprehended on the clinic the place he was receiving remedy for a medical situation, Carabinieri Gen. Pasquale Angelosanto, who heads the police pressure’s particular operations squad, mentioned in an announcement.
Messina Denaro was seen in a photograph launched by police carrying a brown leather-based jacket, white cranium cap and tinted glasses. He was transported to a secret location by police instantly after his arrest, Italian state tv reported.
He was thought of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra high boss even whereas a fugitive and had an influence base within the port metropolis of Trapani, in western Sicily. Messina Denaro was the final of three longtime fugitive top-level Mafia bosses who had evaded authorities for many years.
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Messina Denaro, who was convicted of dozens of murders, faces a number of life sentences.
He will probably be positioned behind bars for 2 1992 bombings in Sicily that killed high anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. He was additionally convicted of the homicide of a Mafia turncoat’s younger son. That boy was strangled, and his physique was dissolved in acid.
His arrest on Monday got here 30 years and a day after convicted boss Salvatore “Toto” Riina, was captured on Jan. 15, 1993, in a Palermo house after 23 years on the run. Messina Denaro went into hiding that summer time as Italy appeared to crack down on the Sicilian crime syndicate in response to the murders of Falcone and Borsellino.
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Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni wrote on Twitter that Messina Denaro’s seize is a “nice victory of the state, which reveals that it doesn’t give up within the face of the Mafia.”
The Italian Mafia boss who set the document for the longest time on the lam was Bernardo Provenzano. He was captured in a farmhouse close to Corleone, Sicily, in 2006 after 38 years as a fugitive. After Provenzano’s apprehension, authorities centered their consideration on Messina Denaro.
There had been a number of reported sightings of Messina Denaro, however he was not taken into police custody till Monday.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.