Italy’s Most Wanted Mafia Boss Arrested After 30 Years On The Run


Authorities in Italy on Monday announced the arrest of Matteo Messina Denaro, the country’s most wanted mafia leader who had been on the run from the law since 1993.

In 2002, Messina Denaro was tried and sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his involvement in multiple terror attacks and murders in 1992 and 1993. 

This included the murders of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino—two prominent anti-mafia prosecutors in two separate bombings in 1992. 

Messina Denaro was also convicted for carrying out a series of terror attacks in Milan, Florence and Rome in 1993, which resulted in the deaths of 10 people and left dozens injured. 

In 2012, Messina Denaro was handed another life sentence in absentia for his role in the torture and killing of the 11-year-old son of a former mafia member turned informant.

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