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Italy: Top Mafia fugitive 'betrayed' by boss




Palermo, 5 Nov. (AKI) - Jailed Italian mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano betrayed the "boss of bosses" Salvatore 'Toto' Riina by revealing his hiding place to police in 1993, it was claimed on Thursday. Massimo Ciancimino, son of Vito, the former mayor of Palermo, made the shocking revelation to prosecutors in the Sicilian city.

"It was Provenzano who indicated the exact area where Toto Riina was then arrested," Ciancimino said.

According to a reconstruction by investigators, this fact would link Provenzano (photo) to the treaty that Ciancimino claims that the Italian state made with the Sicilian mafia or Cosa Nostra after the brutal murders of the antimafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in Sicily in 1992.

In the latest development Ciancimino said that Giuseppe de Donno from the antimafia police, sent Vito Ciancimino maps of Palermo, while police were trying to locate Riina.

According to the information Massimo Ciancimino has given investigators, his father asked him to make two copies of the maps and one was delivered to Provenzano, then a mafia fugitive, whose codename was "Mr Lo Verde, the surveyor".

Ciancimino said the map was returned by Provenzano who indicated the precise location of Riina's hiding place.

Riina, who was born in the Sicilian town of Corleone, was arrested in January 1993.

Also known as The Beast, Riina was tried and convicted of over a hundred counts of murder, including sanctioning the slayings of Falcone and Borsellino.

In October 1993, nine months after his capture, Riina was convicted of ordering the murders of Vincenzo Puccio and his brother Pietro.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Provenzano spent four decades on the run before he was arrested in 2006. Informants claim that after Riina was captured and jailed for life, Provenzano succeeded Riina as head of the Sicilian mafia until his arrest at a farmhouse near Corleone.




 

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