An outpouring of aid in Palermo after the arrest of Italy’s most wished alleged Mafia boss. However Italian prosecutors are warning that the struggle towards organised crime is way from over.
His 30 years of evading justice got here to a dramatic finish on Monday within the Sicilian metropolis the place he had been main a hidden life.
Palermo chief prosecutor Maurizio De Lucia mentioned the arrest was a partial repayement of “a debt” the Italian Republic had with Matteo Messina Denaro’s victims.
Messina Denaro was seized at a clinic in Palermo the place he had been receiving common remedy. It got here after prolonged surveillance operation.
The 60-year-old had been convicted of masterminding dozens of murders in absentia, together with these of two anti-mafia prosecutors.
His arrest is the fruits of a decades-long crackdown on the Sicilian Mafia, which has left it severely weakened. But it surely nonetheless runs drug trafficking and extortion operations.
And Southern Italy stays menaced by different crime gangs, together with the ‘Ndrangheta, whose affect is claimed to have risen as their rivals’ decline.
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