Europe’s most wanted mafia boss arrested, was evading police for 30 years
Sicilian Mafia: Matteo Messina Denaro, Italy’s most wanted man and one of the bosses of the Cosa Nostra Mafia in Sicily, has been arrested by the police. Prosecutor Maurizio De Lucia said on Monday that Denaro was arrested while undergoing treatment at a private health clinic in Palermo.
De Lucia said he had been a fugitive since 1993 and was considered one of the most wanted men in Europe by Europol, according to CNN. He said, ‘It is a victory for all the police.’
Italy’s police chief, Lamberto Giannini, said in a statement congratulating the Carabinieri (Italy’s military police) and the Palermo public prosecutor’s office, “It is a victory for all the police forces who have worked over these long years to bring the dangerous fugitive to justice.” Have worked together.
,a great victory for the state,
Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni tweeted, ‘A great victory for the state, which shows that it does not give up in front of the mafia. This is a day when we can celebrate and tell our children that the mafia can be defeated’.
,order multiple murders,
Messina Denaro is believed to have ordered dozens of Mafia-related murders, and was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for several crimes, most notably the separate murders of anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992. for his involvement in
Denaro was recently sentenced to life in prison in 2020 for the deadly bombings in Milan, Florence and Rome in the late 1990s and for the torture and murder of the 11-year-old son of an enemy who gave evidence against the Sicilian Cosa Nostra Heard.
Being a wanted man for nearly 30 years, he was the Cosa Notra’s longest hiding fugitive.
More than 100 people arrested
Messina Denaro was taken into custody around 10 a.m. local time following a raid carried out by more than 100 special agents with the Anti-Mafia Carabinieri in the early hours of the morning. The Maddalena Clinic where she was arrested is a private clinic known for plastic surgery and other elective surgeries. It is not known what treatment Messina Denaro was receiving.
The Carabinieri press office told CNN on Monday that he was being held in a “secret location”.
In recent years, anti-Mafia security forces have carried out major operations to break up Messina Denaro’s strong circle of assets worth around €3 billion ($3.25 billion) that belong to friends, relatives and associates who have been linked to him. Support in hiding and made several arrests between 2009- 2010.
Messina Denaro – also known as Diabolik – is believed to be one of Bernardo Provenzano’s successors, who was arrested in April 2006 while hiding in a farmhouse outside Corleone, Sicily.
born in the house of mafia boss
Born in Sicily on April 26, 1962, to a famous Mafia boss, crime was a family affair for Messina Denaro. In 2013, his sister Patrizia Messina Denaro was sentenced to 14 years in prison for being a member of the Mafia, which she is still serving.
While in hiding, Messina Denaro had several romantic relationships, including with his fiancée, Franca Alagna. Both have a daughter, Lorenza.
Over the years, there have been several unsuccessful attempts to arrest him. In May 2011, police believed they had surrounded Messina Denaro at a farmhouse near his home town of Castelvetrano, but failed to capture him despite the involvement of hundreds of officers. His DNA was later found at the site.
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