Italy: Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro arrested



After 30 years on the run: police arrest Italy’s most wanted criminal

The Italian police have pulled off a coup on the island of Sicily: they have arrested Italy’s most wanted criminal.

Matteo Messina Denaro in a mug shot by the Italian police.

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Italian police have arrested the country’s most wanted mafioso. Matteo Messina Denaro, head of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, was arrested by special forces on Monday, the Carabinieri said.

Messina Denaro has been on the run for three decades. The mafia hunters managed to arrest him in a private clinic in Palermo, where he wanted to be treated.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni spoke of a “great success for the state, which shows that it has never been defeated by the mafia”.

Messina Denaro was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for several murders. He is credited with being involved in the deadly 1992 bombings of mafia hunters Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. He was considered a confidante of former bosses Bernardo Provenzano and Salvatore “Totò” Riina. (dpa)

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