Italy arrests the most wanted criminal in the country, the Sicilian 'capo' Matteo Messina Denaro

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Italy arrests the country's most wanted criminal, the Sicilian 'capo' Matteo Messina Denaro

Matteo Messina Denaro, the last great Sicilian mafia boss wanted by the justice system since 1993< /strong>, author of dozens of homicides and considered the mastermind behind some of the bloodiest attacks by Cosa Nostra at the end of the last century, was arrested this Monday  in Italy  He was taken into the hands of the police when he was inside a private clinic in the Sicilian city of Palermo , where he had gone to follow “some therapies”, as explained by Pasquale Angelosanto, one of the police agents. The Carabinieri (Italian military police) was in charge of the operation that led to the arrest.

After the arrest, the mobster was rushed to a secret structure in a black van that, starting from the place where Messina Denaro was arrested, evoking a wave of applause from some citizens who crowded nearby. A few minutes later, another person considered a collaborator of the chief was also arrested. Mafioso, who had attended his medical appointment under the false name of Andrea Bonafede, as revealed by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. 

The arrest of the elderly mafia leader, who on multiple occasions he achieved success. He successfully escaped the police and lost their trail, has also immediately provoked a series of reactions from Italian political representatives. “We have not surrendered to the mafia. This is a victory for the state,” said the  Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni. “This is a historic result in the fight against the mafia”, added the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi. 

A Question of State

The capture of the mobster closes another stage in the fight against Cosa Nostra of Italy, a country that had turned the hunt for Messina Denaro into a matter of State. The reason is that Messina Denaro belongs to the Trapani mafia clan, which in the last century adopted the The bloodiest mafia strategy that Italy has ever known, when Cosa Nostra decided to go after it. responding to the State with large acts of armed violence and a trail of murders. 

In fact, the mobster, who was also one of the criminals wanted by the US FBI, has been convicted of various crimes throughout his long criminal career, including mafia association, possession of explosives, robberies, attacks, and homicides. One of these, particularly brutal, was the murder of little Giuseppe Di Matteo, an 11-year-old boy, who in 1996 was He was strangled and dissolved in acid to punish his father, an ex-mobster who had decided to collaborate with the police.

In one of the last sentences against Messina Denaro, for which he was Sentenced to life in prison, the mobster was also found guilty for his role in the 1992 bombings that killed two famous judges, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. The death of both, however, pushed the decision. It led the Italian State to fight with greater determination against the Sicilian Cosa Nostra. And this weakened I greatly appreciate this criminal organization, which today is no longer the most powerful in Italy, being the Ndrangheta of Calabria the one that occupies this place.