New Godfather Settimo Mineo, 80, seized in raid on Sicilian mafia
New Godfather Settimo Mineo, 80, seized in raid on Sicilian mafia
New Cosa Nostra mafia 'boss of bosses' Settimo Mineo arrested
08 December, 2018, 19:09
Those arrested are suspected of mafia association, extortion, weapons violations and other charges, police said. About this reported "UNIAN" with reference to ANSA.
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.
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.
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Palermo prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told journalists that the Cupola meeting was identified thanks to phone taps and that the main topic at the meeting had been "rules".
Mineo, who ran a family jewelry business, was allegedly behind an attempt to rebuild the "cupola" or ruling commission of Cosa Nostra in order to streamline its command structure and strengthen its position.
"The need to reestablish certain rules that Cosa Nostra had lost along the way, they were applied less because of the organisation's overall disorganization", Lo Voi said.
"These people, despite being heads of families, were kept outside because only regional bosses could take part". The first one to take place in more than 25 years.
"We all got up and kissed", Colletti reportedly said of the end of the meeting.
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On Instagram, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said "there is no more room for this type of scum in Italy". Mineo had been elected heir of Toto Riina [ex-capo di capi] after his death.
Falcone was murdered in a massive auto bombing in 1992. During the 1980s, it became less collegial under Riina's domination and effectively ceased to function after his 1993 arrest.
A massive police operation led to the arrest of 80-year-old Settimo Mineo, said to be the new leader of the Cosa Nostra - the most prominent organized crime group on the island of Sicily - as well as 46 suspected members of the mob, the police said in a statement cited by Efe news.
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