Italy arrests 11 suspects to find Sicilian mafia boss

Italian police arrest 11 suspects believed to have links with head of Sicilian mafia

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Italian police arrested 11 mafia suspects who allegedly have links with Sicilian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro on Monday morning.

The suspected mobsters are believed to have helped Denaro escape from being captured so he could spread his orders to the crime organisation.

Officials said in a statement that the suspects used coded language and hand-written notes to get in contact with the Sicilian mob boss.

Police have been searching for Messina Denaro since 1993 after he launched bombing attacks, killing 10 people in Florence and Milan.

The attacks were targeted to supposedly do away with investigators after Salvatore Riina, also known as “Boss of Bosses,” was arrested in Palermo.

The Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra, was known as one of Italy's most powerful criminal groups but lost its fame after the country’s success in capturing most of the mafia chiefs.


TRTWorld, Reuters