Italy’s most-wanted Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has been arrested in Sicily after 30 years on the run.
Messina Denaro was reportedly detained in a non-public clinic in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, the place he was receiving remedy for most cancers.
He’s alleged to be a boss of the infamous Cosa Nostra Mafia and he was tried and sentenced to life in jail in absentia in 2002 over quite a few murders. Greater than 100 members of the armed forces had been concerned in his arrest.
Italian media reported that Messina Denaro was captured simply earlier than 10:00 (09:00 GMT) and brought to a secret location by the Carabinieri. He was reportedly visiting the clinic beneath a pretend identify for a course of chemotherapy.
A video circulated by Italian media seems to indicate folks standing on the street and applauding the Italian police as Messina Denaro is led away.
These are a number of the murders he was convicted over the 1992 killing of anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, the lethal 1993 bomb assaults in Milan, Florence and Rome, the kidnapping, torture and killing of the 11-year-old son of a mafioso-turned-state witness Messina Denaro as soon as boasted he might “fill a cemetery” along with his victims.
The Mafia boss additionally oversaw racketeering, unlawful waste dumping, money-laundering and drug-trafficking for the highly effective Cosa Nostra organised crime syndicate.