Italy police arrest mafia’s new ‘boss of bosses’ in Sicily

Blanche Robertson
December 8, 2018

Police have arrested a man suspected of being the Sicilian mafia's new "boss of bosses" and reinstating Cosa Nostra's infamous cupola ruling council.

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.

In the end, the leaders of several clans "Cosa Nostra" took the decision to restore the leadership structure of the mafia, providing Miney powers of the so-called godfather.

"With an extraordinary operation in the Palermo province, the police have dismantled Cosa Nostra's new "cupola"," Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Twitter.

Authorities are hailing the arrests as a dismantling of the upper echelons of the Cosa Nostra, which is believed to have been rebuilt after the death of "boss of bosses" Salvatore "Toto" Riina.

Riina was notorious for his brutality.

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Mineo was reportedly the head of the Pagliarelli district and considered the recently appointed kingpin of the entire organization.

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. Italian media report that he avoided using a mobile phone and preferred to walk rather than travel by vehicle. Another brother, Antonino, was shot dead later.

Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica says Settimo Mineo was arrested on Falcone's orders in 1984, and told his interrogators: "I don't know who you're talking about, I fell from the clouds".

In 1992, Falcone and another top prosecutor - Paolo Borsellino - were blown up in Mafia hits. Riina was arrested six months later.

Mineo was rearrested in 2006 and spent another 11 years in jail.

Commenting on Tuesday's raid, the head of the parliamentary anti-mafia commission, Nicola Morra, said "the state has won".

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