Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, aged 61 years previous, had colon most cancers, for which he had sought remedy whereas on the run – a call that introduced him to the eye of the authorities, who arrested him at a clinic in Palermo. He was detained in a high-security jail in L’Aquila, central Italy, the place he continued remedy for his most cancers in his cell, the place he died.
Messina Denaro was one of the ruthless bosses in Cosa Nostra, the real-life Sicilian crime syndicate depicted within the Godfather motion pictures. He was convicted by the courts of involvement within the homicide of anti-Mafia choose Giovanni Falcone in 1992 and in lethal bombings in Rome, Florence, and Milan in 1993. One among his six life sentences was additionally handed down for the kidnapping and subsequent homicide of the 12-year-old son of a witness within the Falcone case.
Messina Denaro disappeared in the summertime of 1993 and spent the subsequent 30 years on the run because the Italian state cracked down on the Sicilian mob. However he remained the highest identify on Italy’s most-wanted checklist and, more and more grew to become a determine of legend.
In a shocking swoop, he was arrested on January 16, 2023, as he visited a well being clinic the place he was being handled utilizing a faux id. In August, Messina Denaro was moved to the inmates’ ward of the San Salvatore hospital within the central Italian city of L’Aquila, the place his situation had declined in current days. This weekend, media stories stated he was in an “irreversible coma”. Medics had stopped feeding him and he had requested to not be resuscitated, they added.
After Messina Denaro went on the run, there was intense hypothesis that he had gone overseas – and he probably did. However in the long run, he was discovered to have been staying close to his hometown of Castelvetrano in western Sicily. Investigators had been combing the Sicilian countryside for Messina Denaro for years, looking for hideouts and wiretapping members of his household and his pals. They have been heard discussing the medical issues of an unnamed one that suffered from most cancers, in addition to eye issues – an individual who detectives grew to become positive was Messina Denaro. They used a nationwide well being system database to seek for male sufferers of the fitting age and medical historical past and ultimately closed in.
However whereas his arrest introduced some reduction for his victims, the mob boss all the time maintained his silence. In interviews in custody since being arrested, Messina Denaro even denied he was a member of the Cosa Nostra.
Le Monde with AFP
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