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Italian mobster arrested after 16 years on the run: he worked in a pizzeria in France

Italian anti-mafia police have arrested another mafioso on the run. This happened just two weeks after the sensational arrest on January 16 of the leader of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra Matteo Messina Denaro in a clinic in Palermo (Sicily). Writes about it CNN.

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Edgardo Greco, 63, was detained in Saint-Etienne (France), where he worked under the pseudonym Paolo Dimitrio as a pizzaiolo at the Italian restaurant Caffe Rossini.

Greco, linked to the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, was convicted in absentia in 1991 of the double murder of the brothers Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo, whom he killed with iron bars and then dissolved their bodies in acid, according to court documents. In addition, he is accused of attempted murder of Emiliano Mosharo, which is part of the "mafia war" between the gangs of Pino Sena and Pern Prano. According to Interpol data, the police detained the mafia in 2006, but he managed to escape from Italian law enforcement officers and hide for 16 years.

Nicola Gratteri, the anti-mafia prosecutor who led the investigation as head of the public prosecutor's office in Catanzaro (Calabria), called him a "dangerous fugitive". Greco was also found guilty of attempting to kill several prison employees, for which he received the nickname "prison killer".

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Gratteri saw Greco thanks to the fact that he appeared in an article in the French newspaper Le Progres, which the restaurant posted on its official Facebook page.

Calabria police said he regularly posted on social media under his assumed name.

Journalist and writer Roberto Saviano, who has lived under police protection since his book Gomorrah was published in 2006, said that mafia bosses tend to crave attention.

“It's typical. Look at El Chapo - he dreamed of meeting Sean Penn, who wanted to make a film about him. Whereas Al Capone was obsessed with the idea of ​​getting on the set of Scarface, Saviano said.

Italy's anti-mafia police said four big mafiosi are still in hiding and several minor figures are on the run. The Italian government's anti-mafia website lists four of these leaders. Among them: 48-year-old Pasquale Bonavota, who went on the run since 2018 and was convicted of mafia crimes related to the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta; Giovanni Motisi, 64, a member of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, has been in hiding since 1998 because he was convicted of murder and mafia links in Sicily; Renato Cinquegranella, 73, from the Neapolitan Camorra, has been on the run since 2002 after being found guilty of murder, possession of weapons and extortion; Attilio Cubeddu, 75, has been wanted since 1997 after being convicted on multiple kidnapping charges and is considered one of Italy's most dangerous fugitives.

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The Italian anti-mafia squad said its specialists are working around the clock in search of those who are still hiding. Law enforcers confiscate bank accounts and assets, even scour social media for Greco-like blunders, helping to uncover the whereabouts of mafiosi.

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