News ID: 235239
Published: 1156 GMT December 04, 2018

Italy police arrest mafia's new 'boss of bosses' in Sicily

Italy police arrest mafia's new 'boss of bosses' in Sicily
Settimino Mineo (C), jeweler and new head of the Sicilian mafia, is escorted by carabinieri as he exits a police station after his arrest, in Palermo, Italy, on December 4, 2018.
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Italian police arrested the new head of the Sicilian mafia and 45 other alleged mobsters in a powerful blow to organized crime on the Mediterranean island, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday.

The previous boss of bosses, Salvatore “Toto” Riina, died in prison last year after spending almost a quarter of century behind bars for ordering dozens of murders, including those of two of Italy’s most famous anti-mob magistrates, Reuters reported.

Police said that among those arrested on Tuesday was Settimo Mineo, the head of the local mafia families in the Sicilian capital Palermo. Officials said he had recently been named the overall head of the island’s mafia, known as ‘Cosa Nostra’ (Our Thing).

“The arrests ... represent one of the biggest blows inflicted on the mafia by the state. Mineo had been elected ‘heir’ of Toto Riina after his death. There is no more room for this type of scum in Italy,” Di Maio wrote on Instagram.

 

   
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