Law enforcement authorities arrested the leader of Cosa Nostra
Law enforcement authorities arrested the leader of Cosa Nostra
Image Police escort Settimino Mineo to a station in Palermo following his arrest
08 December, 2018, 19:10
Mineo was named the new "boss of bosses" in May during a rare summit of mafia families, according to Italian media, which calls him a "life-long mobster" who never used mobile phones.
Settimo Mineo, an 80-year-old jeweller who was allegedly promoted to lead the criminal organisation following the death of former boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina in 2017, was among those arrested on Tuesday.
Detainees accused of involvement in mafia activities, extortion, illegal possession of weapons and other serious crimes.
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.
Based on wiretaps, police determined that during a May 29 meeting of clan leaders in Palermo, Mineo had been elected head of the "cupola", the mob leadership.
The Sicilian Mafia - the Cosa Nostra - managed to rebuild its leadership, known as the Cupola, after it had not met for years, reports say. He was reportedly elected Cosa Nostra godfather at a Mafia meeting in May.
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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. The first one to take place in more than 25 years. "There is no more room for this type of scum in Italy", Luigi Di Maio wrote in a social media post.
Palermo prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi said Mineo had already served a lengthy prison sentence for Mafia association and other crimes after he was swept up in the maxi-trials against the Sicilian Mafia in the 1980s and '90s.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini praised the Carabinieri's [national gendarmerie] role and "extraordinary intervention" in the dawn raids.
Mineo survived a 1992 ambush that killed his brother Giuseppe, around six months after another brother, Antonino, was murdered outside the family jewelry shop.
Both Falcone and Borsellino were murdered in 1992 on Riina's orders after verdicts were delivered.
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