Top Mafia boss arrested in Italy

Gerlandino Messina, Sicilian Mafia's second-in-command, is nabbed after he had been on the run for 11 years.

    The arrest is the latest in a string of high profile arrests of top mobsters by Italian police [EPA]

    Italian security forces have arrested one of the country's 30 most wanted Mafia fugitives.

    Gerlandino Messina, 38, was arrested on Saturday in the Sicilian town of Favara, after he had been on the run for 11 years.

    He was wanted for several murders and criminal association with the mafia.

    In a statement, Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, said the arrest was the latest evidence of the government's "unprecedented success" in cracking down on organised crime.

    Italian media said Messina is widely considered the Sicilian Mafia's second-in-command behind top boss
    Matteo Messina Denaro, who is still on the run.

    The ANSA news agency said that Messina had been convicted and sentenced in absentia to life in prison for mafia association and a series of murders.

    The arrest is the latest in a string of high profile arrests of top mobsters by Italian police.

    An Italian interior ministry statement said 28 of the 30 most dangerous mobsters were now in jail, but Italian media said more names had been added to the list, which is regularly updated by authorities, and 16 top mafia bosses were still wanted.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.