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Italian 'mafia kingpin', 46 others arrested

IANS  |  Palermo (Italy) 

The on Tuesday arrested an of the notorious and 46 other people thought to be linked to the criminal gang on the island of

A massive police operation led to the arrest of 80-year-old Settimo Mineo, said to be the new leader of the Cosa Nostra -- the most prominent group on the island of -- as well as 46 suspected members of the mob, the police said in a statement cited by news.

Mineo was reportedly the of the Pagliarelli district and considered the recently appointed kingpin of the entire organization.

Reports say that Mineo, the owner of a jewellery shop in Palermo, became the Cosa Nostra boss after -- known as Totò and renowned for a bloody murder campaign in the 1990s which resulted in the assassination of prosecutors involved in an anti-commission -- died last November.

Mineo has already served 11 years in prison after he was arrested in a maxi-trial led by that targeted the Cosa Nostra.

The police said that Mineo became the newly-appointed boss of Cosa Nostra after the gang orchestrated a meeting, the first in three years, to name a kingpin.

The 46 others could face charges of belonging to the mafia, extortion and illegal possession of arms amongst others.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 17:04 IST
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