Mafia boss, 80, nicked
ITALIAN police have arrested the man said to be the new head of the Sicilian Mafia, along with 45 of his associates.
The dawn raid in Palermo netted jeweller Settimo Mineo, 80, who was reportedly elected Cosa Nostra godfather at a Mafia meeting in May.
Italian media describe him as the successor to Toto Riina, who died in prison a year ago.
The Mafia suspects are accused of extortion, firearms offences, arson and other crimes.
The Sicilian Mafia – the Cosa Nostra – managed to rebuild its leadership, known as the Cupola, after it had not met for years, reports say. The godfather is also known as the “capo dei capi” – or boss of bosses.
Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said it was “an extraordinary intervention” by cops.