Mafia boss, 80, nicked

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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.

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