Matteo Messina Denaro aka Diabolik Arrested after 30 Years On The Run

Matteo Messina Denaro, Italy’s most wanted man, was arrested while being treated in a private health clinic in Palermo, prosecutor Maurizio de Lucia said Monday.

He was Italy’s Most Wanted Man and also high up on the list of Europol’s Most Wanted Men in Europe.

“It is a victory for all the police forces that have worked together over these long years to bring the dangerous fugitive to justice.”

Italy’s chief of Police, Lamberto Giannini

Giorgia Meloni, the Italian Prime Minister, tweeted: “A great victory for the state, which demonstrates that it does not give up in the face of the Mafia.”

In addition, while speaking to the press outside the prosecutor’s office, Meloni said that while Italy had not yet won the “war” against the Mafia, this was a “battle that was fundamental to win.”

Find out more about Matteo Messina Denaro aka Diabolik in this extract from the book about the Sicilian Cosa Nostra – The Battle for Sicily’s Soul

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