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WORLD BRIEFING : ITALY : Key Mafia figure is arrested

November 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Police have captured one of Sicily's top Mafia fugitives, dealing a stiff blow to the island's Cosa Nostra crime syndicate, Italian officials said.

Convicted mobster Domenico Raccuglia has been on the run for 15 years. He was arrested in an apartment in a tiny town near Trapani, where he is believed to have had his power base, police said.

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni described Raccuglia as Cosa Nostra's No. 2, and hailed his arrest as delivering "one of the hardest blows" to the Sicilian Mafia in the last few years.

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