The great boss of the Italian mafia falls in the twilight of his life. Matteo Messina Denaro, considered the last godfather of Cosa Nostra, was detained at a clinic in Palermo while undergoing medical treatment for colon cancer he suffers from.
The most wanted criminal in Italy suffers from liver metastases, clinic sources detailed to the authorities.
The capture of Messina Denaro ends 30 years of persecution. Through Facebook, the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, described the news as “a great victory for the State” and that it shows that “the State does not surrender to the mafia.”
Meloni stressed that the arrest occurred the day after the anniversary of the arrest 30 years ago of Totò Riina, another major boss of organized crime in Italy.
Matteo Messina Denaro, who is 60 today, must serve several life sentences for the 1993 attacks in Florence, Rome and Milan in which ten people died.
He is also considered the brain behind the bombs that caused the death of the two anti-mafia magistrates in 1992, Paolo Borsellino and Giovani Falcone, his wife, Francesca Morvillo, and eight escort agents.
It was just after these attacks when Messina Denaro disappeared and, after the arrest of Riina and Provenzano, it was considered that he was still pulling the strings of Cosa Nostra from an unknown location.
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