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Italy police arrest mafia's alleged new mob boss in Sicily

08 December 2018

The Italian police on Tuesday arrested an alleged leader of the notorious Sicilian mafia and 46 other people thought to be linked to the criminal gang on the island of Sicily.

It should be noted that the last time the mafia was going through a hard period of reorganization that is associated with a long absence of rigid centralized management.

The Sicilian Mafia managed to rebuild the Cupola after it had not met for years, Italian media reported.

Among those arrested on Tuesday was Settimo Mineo, an 80-year-old jeweller suspected of heading local mafia families in the Sicilian capital Palermo and of being promoted to lead the whole crime group in May, police said.

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He reportedly told his driver about details of the May 29 Cupola meeting, describing it as "a handsome meeting, very serious, with country people, old people".

"This is a sign that Cosa Nostra doesn't abandon its rules", Lo Voi told a press conference.

The Sicilian Mafia, commonly known as the Cosa Nostra, was formed in the 19 century and continues to be involved in various forms of organised crime, ranging from firearm trafficking, racketeering, extortion and armed robbery. It was believed to be the first such gathering of mob families for more than 25 years.

"We all got up and kissed", Colletti reportedly said of the end of the meeting.

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The country's deputy prime minister Luigi di Maio, announcing the arrests, said they "represent one of the biggest blows inflicted on the mafia by the state".

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.

Mineo was sentenced to five years in jail for mafia-related crimes at the so-called "maxi-trial" that ran from 1986-1992 and was spearheaded by prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. During the 1980s, it became less collegial under Riina's domination and effectively ceased to function after his 1993 arrest.

Falcone was murdered in a massive auto bombing in 1992.

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Italy police arrest mafia's alleged new mob boss in Sicily