© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken from a video exhibits Matteo Messina Denaro the nation’s most needed mafia boss being escorted out of a Carabinieri police station after he was arrested in Palermo, Italy, January 16, 2023. Carabinieri/Handout through REUTERS
By Angelo Amante
ROME (Reuters) – Posters of Al Pacino because the Godfather and Joaquin Phoenix as Joker had been present in an residence in western Sicily the place mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro is believed to have lived within the months previous to his arrest, police footage confirmed on Friday.
The residence, within the city of Campobello di Mazara, is in a modest constructing just some kilometres away from the boss’s house city of Castelvetrano. Magistrates stated he was dwelling a “common” life there, together with going to the grocery store, regardless of being Italy’s most needed man.
Messina Denaro was arrested within the Sicilian capital of Palermo on Jan. 16 after 30 years on the run as he was going to a non-public hospital the place he had scheduled most cancers therapy.
Together with the Godfather and Joker posters, the boss had an image of a lion on the partitions of his front room, whereas a calendar that includes a scantily-clad girl was discovered hanging in a small room he used as a private gymnasium, footage confirmed.
In the home, police additionally discovered a loaded Smith&Wesson 38 caliber particular revolver, and a package deal with an extra 20 rounds of the identical bullets, a separate assertion stated.
Nicknamed “U Siccu” (The Skinny One), Messina Denaro was sentenced in absentia to a number of life phrases for an array of crimes, together with for his function within the 1992 murders of anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
Identified for his style for luxurious, the boss had perfumes and designer garments in his home, police stated instantly after his arrest, however the video confirmed in addition they discovered on a regular basis objects similar to an ironing board and a drying rack.
Messina Denaro is being held in a high-security jail near the central Italian metropolis of l’Aquila, the place he can be topic to the powerful “41bis” guidelines aimed toward stopping mobsters from working felony actions from behind bars.