Italian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro arrested after 30 years on the run

A screenshot from a video shows Matteo Messina Denaro, the country's most wanted mob boss, after he was arrested in this handout photo obtained by Reuters on January 16, 2023. Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Matteo Messina Denaro is taken to a secret location by the Carabinieri police (Image: Rex)

A convicted mafia boss responsible for dozens of murders has finally been arrested after 30 years on the run.

Matteo Messina Denaro went into hiding as a young man, but soon became Italy’s most wanted man.

He had a power base in the port city of Trapani in western Sicily and, even as a refugee, was considered the supreme boss of the Cosa Nostra.

Messina Denaro, now 60, was arrested at a private clinic in Palermo where he was being treated for an unknown illness.

Dramatic footage shows how the Carabinieri police take the aging crime boss to a secret location immediately after his arrest.

Messina Denaro was the last of three long-time fugitive mafia bosses who managed to evade capture for decades.

But now he faces the rest of his life in prison after being tried in absentia and convicted of dozens of murders.

This story will be updated, more to come…

Italy's most wanted mafia boss arrested after 30 years on the run

Matteo Messina Denaro was Italy’s most wanted fugitive (Image: Rex)

A computer-generated image of mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro released by Italian police. Italian police say they arrested Italy's No. 1 fugitive, Sicilian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, on Monday January 16, 2023, who has been on the run for 30 years. (Italian Police, LaPresse via AP)

Detectives previously released this CGI image to guess what Denaro looked like after 30 years (Image: AP)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Studio Camera Di Lannino/REX/Shutterstock (703501b) Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, possible successor to Bernardo Provenzano Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro - 2007

Matteo Messina Denaro has been on the run for three decades (Image: REX/Shutterstock) Italian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro arrested after 30 years on the run

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