mafia and 45 other alleged mobsters have been arrested by Italian police.
is believed to have been promoted to lead the whole crime group
following a meeting of provincial mob leaders on 29 May, following the
death of “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina in 2017.
It is thought to be the first such gathering of mafia families for more than 25 years.
“This is a sign that Cosa Nostra doesn’t abandon its rules,” Palermo
prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told a press conference. “And that despite
the convictions, despite the trials, important people can take over the
most important roles once they’re back in play.”
The meeting was seen by investigators as a sign the crime
organisation was looking to rebuild and the arrests will be viewed as a
major victory for the authorities.
“There is no more room for this type of scum in Italy,” deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio wrote on Instagram.
“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” he added.
Mineo had previously been sentenced to five years in jail
for mafia-related crimes during the so-called “maxi-trials” that ran
The case was spearheaded by prosecutors
Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino – who were later murdered by the
mafia following the trial.
Once all-powerful on Sicily,
the world’s most famous crime gang has been squeezed over the past two
decades, with many put behind bars, businesses sequestered and locals
increasingly ready to defy it.