Wanted for 30 years in Italy, mafia leader Messina Denaro was caught thanks to his sister's note
The elder sister of Cosa Nostra leader Matteo Messina Denaro, who was captured in Italy last January after 30 years on the run, was detained yesterday.
BBC reported that it has been revealed that Rosalia Messina Denaro helped her brother escape, but also played a role in his eventual capture.
Rosalia Messina Denaro, 67, detained yesterday in Sicily, is suspected of managing her sister's communications network and "vault".
The detention order for the mafia leader's sister also includes information about how Matteo Messina Denaro's 30-year desertion came to an end.
According to the information in the 57-page arrest warrant, the fugitive life of Matteo Messina Denaro, who was considered the last big boss of Cosa Nostra, ended thanks to a note found in his sister's house.
Last December, security forces carried out a covert operation in the home of her sister Rosalia Messina Denaro and installed audio and video tape recorders.
Security guards who wanted to place a device in the hole at the foot of a metal chair found a note hidden there. After the photos were taken, the paper was put back in the same place.
As a result of the examinations made on the note, which at first glance seems to be full of broken words, numbers and symbols, data on colon cancer treatment were found.
With no such cases of cancer among members of the Messina Denaro family, suspicions were centered on the fugitive brother Matteo Messina Denaro.
As a result of the examinations made in the national health system database, it was determined that the person who was treated for colon cancer under the name of Andrea Bonafede was the fugitive mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro. And Italy's most wanted mafia leader, Messina Denaro, was finally caught on the morning of January 16 at the clinic he went to for treatment in Palermo.
The judge, who signed the detention order for his older sister Rosalia Messina Denaro, said, "The historical development that resulted in the capture of the last great murderer stemmed from an article that Rosalia Messina Denaro kept imprudently despite cleverly concealing."
Matteo Messina Denaro, 60, was the last fugitive boss of the Sicilian mafia Cosa Nostra's era of massacres in the 1990s. It has been revealed that Messina Denaro lived in Campobello di Mazara, 8 km from the town of Castelvetrano, where he was born, at least in the last months of his 30-year desertion. His older sister, Rosalia Messina Denaro, who was detained yesterday, also lived in Castelvetrano.
Filippo Guttaduro, wife of Rosalia Messina Denaro, is still in prison for mafia crimes; The couple's daughter, Lorenza Guttaduro, is the lawyer of the mafia leader's uncle.