He has been a fugitive for 30 years.
In Palermo, Matteo Messina Denaro, who is considered the leader of the Sicilian mafia Cosa Nostra, was detained. This is reported by the ANSA agency, citing sources.
The detention of the 60-year-old mafia boss took place in a private clinic where he was undergoing treatment.
Denaro spent 30 years on the run – he was put on the wanted list in 1993. He topped the list of the most wanted mafiosi in Italy. Denaro was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment in the 1992 murder of investigators and mob fighters Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. He may also be involved in the 1993 Florence, Rome and Milan bombings that killed 10 people.
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Denaro became one of the leaders of Cosa Nostra after Sicilian mafia leader Bernardo Provenzano, who had been a fugitive for 38 years, was arrested in 2006.