Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Mafia 'boss of bosses' captured after 43 years

After 43 years does anyone remember why we wanted him arrested in the first place?

Bernardo Provenzano, the "boss of bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, was arrested yesterday in the most emphatic strike against Italian organised crime since the capture of one of his infamous predecessors 13 years ago.

So there is a 13 year pause between emphatic strikes against the Sicilian Mafia. Pardon me while I do some back flips.

Mr Provenzano, 73, was Italy's most wanted man, having racked up several life prison sentences in absentia for murder. He had been on the run since 1963.

You may be able to run from justice, you may be able to hide from justice but eventually, one day, justice catches up to you. Of course, by that time you're so old and senile you shouldn't be standing trial considering you're more likely to mistake the proceedings for an audition for a Broadway musical than to comprehend with the prosecution is talking about.

He was arrested in the countryside near the western Sicilian town of Corleone, immortalised in the Godfather films.

So a Mafia don hid out in a town made famous by a movie about a famous Mafia don and you couldn't find him for 43 years? I guess I understand considering the itimidating size of the small island of Sicily. I have a feeling someone is trained in the ancient art of hide and seek.


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