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Mafia ‘godfather’ among 45 alleged mobsters held in Sicily

Mafia ‘godfather’ among 45 alleged mobsters held in Sicily

Italian police have arrested the head of the Sicilian mafia and 45 other alleged mobsters in a powerful blow to organised crime on the Mediterranean island, the deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, has said. The previous capo di capi (boss of bosses), Salvatore “Toto” Riina, died in prison last year after spending almost a…

Italian police have arrested the head of the Sicilian mafia and 45 other alleged mobsters in a powerful blow to organised crime on the Mediterranean island, the deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, has said.

The previous capo di capi (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.

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, the Cosa Nostra.

“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 in an Instagram post.

Police were due to release more details about their operation later on Tuesday.

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