Italy’s most wanted mafia boss, Matteo Messina Denaro, was arrested in Sicily on Monday, after 30 years on the run.
According to reports, Messina Denaro was arrested at a private clinic in the Sicilian capital, Palermo, where he was being treated for cancer.
He is suspected of being the boss of the Cosa Nostra mafia and was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002 on the background of many murders.
More than 100 security personnel were involved in his arrest.
Italian media reported that Messina Denaro was captured Monday morning and taken to a secret location by the police. He reportedly visited a clinic under an assumed name for chemotherapy treatment.
He was convicted of many murders, including: the 1992 killing of anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino; the deadly 1993 bombings in Milan, Florence and Rome; Kidnapping, torture and killing of the 11-year-old son of a mobster who became a state witness.
Messina Denaro once boasted that he could "fill a cemetery" with his victims.
The mafia boss also oversaw extortion, illegal dumping, money laundering and drug trafficking for the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate.
he is considered to be"the secret keeper" The last of Cosa Nostra. Many whistleblowers and prosecutors believe he has all the information and names involved in some of the Mafia’s most high-profile crimes, including the bombings that killed Judges Falcone and Borsellino.
His arrest is a sign of hope that the mafia can also be eradicated in the southern regions of the country, where the state is seen as largely absent and ineffective.