New Cosa Nostra mafia 'boss of bosses' Settimo Mineo arrested

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2018

Italian police have arrested the man said to be the new head of the Sicilian Mafia, along with 45 associates. About this reported "UNIAN" with reference to ANSA.

The suspects are accused of extortion, illegal gun possession, arson, Mafia association and other crimes, investigators said.

It should be noted that the last time the mafia was going through a hard period of reorganization that is associated with a long absence of rigid centralized management.

"There has been a return to the old, archaic rules of "Cosa Nostra", chief prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told reporters.

Settimo Mineo, 80, a lifelong member of the Sicilian mob who was recently released from prison, was allegedly appointed godfather at a secret summit in May to replace the mafia hitman Toto Riina, who died in jail past year.

Settimino Mineo (C), jeweller 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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"The need to reestablish certain rules that Cosa Nostra had lost along the way, they were applied less because of the organisation's overall disorganization", Lo Voi said.

He added: "Mineo had been elected "heir" of Toto Riina after his death". In 1992 two leading prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, were blown up in Mafia hits. Mineo was rearrested in 2006 and imprisoned for another 11 years.

"The 46 arrests, and in particular the one of Settimo Mineo, represent one of the biggest blows inflicted on the Mafia by the state", Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio wrote on Instagram. "There is no more room for this type of scum in Italy".

Both Falcone and Borsellino were murdered in 1992 on Riina's orders after verdicts were delivered. During the 1980s, it became less collegial under Riina's domination and effectively ceased to function after his 1993 arrest.

"He is one of Cosa Nostra's most prestigious leaders, but he is from Castelvetrano, in the province of Trapani, and he does not command the Palermo group", Salvatore De Luca, Palermo's deputy prosecutor, said on Tuesday.

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