Italy’s No. 1 Fugitive Arrested in Sicily

January 16, 2023
aerial view of Sicily, Italy with buildings nestled among the hills

A great victory for the state.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in a statement regarding the arrest of Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, Italy’s top fugitive who has been on the run for 30 years.

Why It Matters: After 30 years on the run, one of Italy’s top Mafia bosses was arrested on Monday while at a private clinic in Sicily. He was the last of three long sought-after Mafia bosses; he has been charged on numerous accounts, including two bombings in Sicily in 1992 that killed prominent anti-Mafia prosecutors, one of their wives, and several bodyguards. The Washington Post describes his arrest as "a landmark moment in the decades-long battle by authorities against organized crime."

Italy: No 1 wanted Mafia boss held after 30 years on the run (The Associated Press)

Italy’s most wanted Mafia boss arrested after 30 years on the run (The Washington Post)

by Jenna Lee,