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2006-05-02 11:49:40

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) - The Mafia's "boss of bosses" went on trial on Tuesday via a video-link from a high-security prison three weeks after his arrest ended 43 years as a fugitive. Bernardo Provenzano, on trial along with other mobsters for dozens of murders, was shown on a court television sitting calmly at a prison in central Italy with court documents on a table in front of him. He communicated by telephone with his lawyer at the Palermo courthouse....

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...

2006-03-29 00:10:00

By Philip Pullella PALERMO, Sicily -- Years ago, when the Mafia wanted to influence elections in Sicily, it did not think twice about setting off a bomb or leaving a headless goat on a doorstep as a not-so-subtle message about whom to vote for. Now, as Italy approaches April's general election, the Sicilian Mafia has kept a low profile, a wait-and-see attitude aimed at not drawing attention to itself. "The Mafia is paying attention. It is watching," said Antonio Ingroia, a top anti-Mafia...

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...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.