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He is nicknamed “Diabolic” and is considered the “most important” mafia boss in Italy.
His name is Matteo Messina Tenaro, and since this Monday, January 16, he has been arrested after 30 years of eluding the authorities.
“Today, January 16, the Carabinieri arrested fugitive Matteo Messina Tenaro inside a health facility in Palermo, where he went to receive medical treatment,” said General Pasquale Angelosanto of the Carabinieri’s National Police.
Messina is the tenaro Considered the leader of the La Cosa Nostra group He has been on the run since the 1990s, when the Sicilian Mafia stepped up a campaign of murders and attacks in various cities across the country.
He was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment for many of these crimes.
This includes 1992 Murder of anti-Mafia lawyers Giovanni Falcone and Paolo PorcellinoThe 1993 bombings in Milan, Florence and Rome and the kidnapping, torture and murder of a mobster’s 11-year-old son turned state witness.
“S A great victory for the state“, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni celebrated.
Messina Denaro is said to have once boasted that he could “fill a grave” with his victims.
At age 60, Capo topped the list Italy’s Most Wanted Criminals. He was accused of mafia association, multiple murders and use of explosives.
“A very dangerous fugitive,” Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piandosi described him.
The Messina Tenaro has been running since 1993But he is still believed to be issuing orders to his staff from various secret locations.
Kappo also oversaw various organized crime activities, including illegal dumping, money laundering, and drug trafficking for Cosa Nostra.
Messina is said to have been Tenaro’s protector Salvador RinaThe head of the Corleone clan was arrested in 1993 after 23 years.
Reena, who died in 2017, was caught a day after the 30th anniversary of her arrest.
La Cosa Nostra is the mafia group represented in the fictional film “The Godfather”.
The “Myth” of the Mafia
The leader was arrested at a clinic in Palermo. He had been under treatment for colon cancer for a year.
He did not resist arrest, the ANSA news agency reported.
Anna Sergi, a criminologist at the University of Essex, described the Messina tenaro as “the last, Very flexible and ‘pure’ of the rest of the Sicilian gangs”.
“Secrets he allegedly kept fueled conspiracies surrounding deals between the mafia and the state in the 1990s,” Sergey told AFP.
“He is the epitome of Cosa Nostra’s greatest historical power. The myths surrounding his time on the run are part of the reason the mafia myth has persisted,” the expert added.
State victory against organized crime
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said Messina was the “most important” boss of the Tenaro Mafia and that his arrest was a “huge victory” for the government in its fight against organized crime.
Photographs released by the police show Mannan sitting in the back seat of a vehicle. He wears a light hat, sunglasses and a leather jacket.
Before this film, The oldest known photo is from the early 1990s.
The police had to rely on digital reconstructions of his appearance that he had been running for decades.
During this time, the investigators surrounded him in several ways Your closest associates. This resulted in the arrest of his sister Patricia and other associates in 2013.
Authorities also seized various businesses associated with Messina Tenaro, leaving him in isolation.
In 2015, Messina discovered that Tenaro was communicating with his collaborators through the Pizzini system, leaving small folded paper notes under a rock in a Sicilian farmhouse.
Researchers have been recording for decades Homes and businesses of the leader’s known associates on the island.
They seek caches in caves, caverns or bunkers within hidden buildings.
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