New 'mafia boss' Settimo Mineo arrested in raid

Lester Mason
December 8, 2018

Police have arrested a man suspected of being the Sicilian mafia's new "boss of bosses" and reinstating Cosa Nostra's infamous cupola ruling council.

Settimino Mineo, 80, is believed to have succeeded the former head of Cosa Nostra, Toto "the Beast" Riina, who ordered dozens of murders during a bloody reign of terror but died past year.

Surveillance footage taken during the investigation leading to the arrest of Settimino Mineo (From: Carabinieri Palermo)Along with 45 other alleged Mafiosi, Settimino Mineo, 80, is facing charges of Mafia association, aggravated extortion, asset fraud, malicious damage by fire, and the unauthorized carrying of weapons.

He added: "Mineo had been elected "heir" of Toto Riina after his death". Under Riina, its longtime base was Corleone, the Sicilian town made famous by writer Mario Puzo when he used Corleone as the main character's name in his 1969 novel "The Godfather".

Mineo was sentenced to five years in jail for mafia-related crimes at the so-called "maxi-trial" that ran from 1986-1992 and was spearheaded by prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called the sweep in Palermo an "extraordinary operation". As the eldest of the local clan leaders, he enjoyed particular respect, he said.

"There has been a return to the old, archaic rules of "Cosa Nostra", chief prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told reporters. It was believed to be the first such gathering of mob families for more than 25 years.

However, it did not continue to grow in strength at the same rate as the Calabrian-based 'ndrangheta or the Naples-based Camorra organised crime groups. But Italian officials said it nevertheless continued increasing its financial and business activities, and even started doing deals with the other southern syndicates. Salvini said in a tweet that it had "dismantled the new "cupola" of Cosa Nostra".

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