New ‘mafia boss’ Settimo Mineo arrested in raid
04 December 2018, 17:10
Palermo’s anti-mafia unit has arrested who they suspect is the new head of the Sicilian mafia group Cosa Nostra along with 45 other alleged mobsters, Euronews reports.
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.
Mineo had been previously sentenced to five years in jail for mafia-related crimes in a trial related to the death of anti-mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. He was arrested again in 2006 and spent 11 years in jail.
Italian deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio wrote in an Instagram post: “The arrests … represent one of the biggest blows inflicted on the mafia by the state. Mineo had been elected ‘heir’ of Toto Riina after his death.”
“There is no more room for this type of scum in Italy,” he added.
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46 arresti e uno in particolare, quello di Settimo Mineo, rappresentano uno dei più duri colpi inflitti dallo Stato alla mafia. Mineo era stato infatti eletto “erede” di Totò Riina dopo la sua morte. Per questa gentaglia in Italia non c’è più spazio. Grazie ai Carabinieri e al pool di magistrati che hanno portato a termine questa grande operazione!
A police source told Reuters that Mineo was elected as the new boss during a gathering of mob families last May. The first one to take place in more than 25 years.
The meeting of the Cosa Nostra cupola (hierarchy) was believed to be a sign that the group was trying to rebuild.
In queste ore, in tutta Italia, enorme lavoro delle Forze dell’Ordine contro delinquenti e spacciatori di morte.
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) December 4, 2018
“With an extraordinary operation in the Palermo province, the police have dismantled Cosa Nostra’s new ‘cupola’,” wrote Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Twitter.
The suspects are accused of being “associated with the mafia and aggravated extortion”