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2008-12-30 19:50:24

Two of Italy's most notorious mob bosses have fan pages on Facebook, with one group calling for Bernardo Provenzano to be made a saint. The phenomenon has infuriated relatives of those killed by Provenzano and Salvatore Toto Riina, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Maria Falcone's brother, Giovanni, was a magistrate assassinated in 1992, a killing ordered by Provenzano and Riina. ''Unfortunately, evil still fascinates our young people, she told Repubblica. Certain messages on the...

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2007-11-05 18:00:04

By ARIEL DAVID ROME - Police raided a summit of Mafia dons in Sicily on Monday, arresting a longtime fugitive authorities say was revitalizing Cosa Nostra's ties with U.S. mobsters and vying to become the crime syndicate's next "boss of bosses." The capture of Salvatore Lo Piccolo after more than a decade on the run dealt another blow to the Sicilian Mafia, already weakened by several recent arrests, outmuscled by other underworld groups and facing an unprecedented challenge to the...

2006-04-12 08:18:23

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - The arrest of the Mafia's top boss, Bernardo Provenzano, after 43 years on the run is not a mortal blow to the mob and may spark a bloody war of succession unless heirs-in-waiting keep the peace, investigators say. Provenzano, the undisputed mob chief who was arrested on Tuesday near the Sicilian town of Corleone, may have been the lodestar of the Mafia but every lodestar has a constellation. "We should not make the mistake of thinking that the...

2006-04-11 12:50:19

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) - Bernardo Provenzano, the undisputed chief of the Sicilian Mafia who had been on the run for more than four decades, was arrested on Tuesday while hiding in a farmhouse near Corleone in Sicily. "Thank God. The hunt is finally over," said Palermo police chief Giuseppe Caruso after agents seized Italy's most wanted man, scoring the state's biggest success against the Mafia in more than 13 years. National anti-Mafia prosecutor Pietro...

2006-04-11 07:35:00

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Sicily -- Bernardo Provenzano, the undisputed chief of the Sicilian Mafia who had been on the run for more than four decades, was arrested while hiding in a farmhouse near Corleone in Sicily on Tuesday, officials said. "Thank God. The hunt is finally over," said Palermo police chief Giuseppe Caruso after agents nabbed Italy's most wanted man, scoring the state's biggest success against the Mafia in more than 13 years. Provenzano, known as the "Phantom of...

2006-04-11 05:41:11

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) - Bernardo Provenzano, the chief of the Sicilian Mafia who has been on the run for more than four decades and was Italy's most wanted man, was arrested near Corleone in Sicily on Tuesday, officials said. It was the state's biggest success against the Mafia in more than 13 years. Provenzano, known as the "Phantom of Corleone" after the hill town in Sicily made famous by the Godfather films, has been running the Mafia since 1993, when...

2006-04-11 04:56:09

ROME (Reuters) - Bernardo Provenzano, the head of the Sicilian Mafia who has been on the run for more than four decades and was Italy's most wanted man, was arrested in Sicily on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said. It was the state's biggest success against the Mafia in more than 10 years. Provenzano, known as the "Phantom of Corleone" after the hill town in Sicily made famous by the Godfather films, has been running the Mafia since 1993, when former "boss of bosses" Toto Riina was...

2006-04-11 04:42:32

ROME (Reuters) - Police have arrested Bernardo Provenzano, the head of the Sicilian Mafia who has been on the run for more than four decades and is Italy's most wanted man, Italy's Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

2005-10-21 13:47:27

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new national anti-Mafia prosecutor caused a storm on Friday by saying Bernardo Provenzano, the top Mafia chief who has been a fugitive for four decades, had been protected by politicians and policemen. "People from various professions -- politicians, businessmen and police -- have helped Provenzano remain a fugitive," Pietro Grasso told state television Rai in an interview to be broadcast late on Friday night. "It was not only a crime organization that...

2005-10-21 11:21:50

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new national anti-Mafia prosecutor caused a storm on Friday by saying Bernardo Provenzano, the top Mafia chief who has been a fugitive for four decades, had been protected by politicians and policemen. "People from various professions -- politicians, businessmen and police -- have helped Provenzano remain a fugitive," Pietro Grasso told state television Rai in an interview to be broadcast late on Friday night. "From our investigations, we discovered all these...


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