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January 16, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salvatore Riina, the merciless and elusive Mafia leader who tyrannized the underworld of organized crime in Italy, surrendered meekly to police in Sicily on Friday after more than two decades as one of the world's most wanted fugitives. "You got the wrong guy," Riina blustered to the young carabiniere who ambushed his car in the morning rush hour on Via Leonardo da Vinci, a busy street in the Sicilian capital of Palermo.
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March 6, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From behind bulletproof glass in a fortress courtroom, the Mafia's boss of bosses is challenging justice and a nation's conscience in one of Italy's most important trials this century. Salvatore Riina, captured in January after 23 years as a fugitive, made his debut before television cameras this week at the trial in Palermo for three of some 100 murders he is accused of ordering in a long, bloody reign as capo of the Cosa Nostra.
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March 6, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From behind bulletproof glass in a fortress courtroom, the Mafia's boss of bosses is challenging justice and a nation's conscience in one of Italy's most important trials this century. Salvatore Riina, captured in January after 23 years as a fugitive, made his debut before television cameras this week at the trial in Palermo for three of some 100 murders he is accused of ordering in a long, bloody reign as capo of the Cosa Nostra.
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January 17, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mafia's boss of bosses, a long-sought fugitive named in dozens of murder warrants, made his first public appearance in more than two decades Saturday, but it was a reluctant and hurried debut. Salvatore (Toto) Riina, 62, wore manacles and a gray suit jacket tossed over his head as he was hustled from jail in Sicily into a military helicopter that swept him to Rome amid an intimidating show of police protection.
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January 17, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mafia's boss of bosses, a long-sought fugitive named in dozens of murder warrants, made his first public appearance in more than two decades Saturday, but it was a reluctant and hurried debut. Salvatore (Toto) Riina, 62, wore manacles and a gray suit jacket tossed over his head as he was hustled from jail in Sicily into a military helicopter that swept him to Rome amid an intimidating show of police protection.
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May 9, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Police said they had arrested 11 suspected leading members of the Mafia's Corleonesi clan in Sicily. Prosecutors called the arrests a blow to the very heart of the Corleone mob. Among those held was Mario Grizzaffi, 31, nephew of Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the jailed "boss of bosses." Prosecutors said the arrests stemmed from information from high-ranking turncoats.
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February 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Two top Mafia bosses were among 17 suspected mobsters convicted of plotting the 1992 car bombing in Palermo that killed a leading judge-prosecutor and five police escorts. Life sentences were given in Caltanissetta, Sicily, to seven of the defendants, including Salvatore "Toto" Riina and Pietro Aglieri, considered by investigators to have been top Mafia leaders until their arrests. Ten other defendants received lesser sentences, while eight men were acquitted.
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October 2, 1994 | Reuters
A court Friday ordered the Mafia's arrested godfather, Salvatore (Toto) Riina, to stand trial with 36 alleged associates next February for the murder of investigator Giovanni Falcone. The decision was reached at the end of preliminary hearings at a special bunker set up as a courtroom in the city prison in Caltanissetta, central Sicily. The trio--Bernardo Provenzano, Giovanni Brusca and Leoluca Bagarella--are among the 37 who were committed for trial by the Caltanissetta court.
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May 21, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police claimed one of their biggest recent successes when they arrested alleged Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, accused of setting off the bomb that killed a leading anti-Mafia judge in 1992. Brusca, 36, is believed to have succeeded Salvatore "Toto" Riina as the Mafia's "boss of bosses." He was arrested along with his brother Vincenzo near the city of Agrigento in southwestern Sicily.
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June 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Two dozen reputed mobsters were found guilty of car bombings in 1993 that killed 10 people and damaged important buildings, including the well-known Uffizi Gallery in Florence. A three-judge panel in the Tuscan city sentenced 14 of the 26 defendants to life in prison, the maximum penalty in Italy. Among those were two alleged "Cosa Nostra" bosses. Two defendants were acquitted.
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January 16, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salvatore Riina, the merciless and elusive Mafia leader who tyrannized the underworld of organized crime in Italy, surrendered meekly to police in Sicily on Friday after more than two decades as one of the world's most wanted fugitives. "You got the wrong guy," Riina blustered to the young carabiniere who ambushed his car in the morning rush hour on Via Leonardo da Vinci, a busy street in the Sicilian capital of Palermo.
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July 17, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Weapons for the Mafia are pouring into Italy from the former Yugoslav federation and eastern Germany, raising fears that clans are arming for a war of succession to their captured godfather, Italy's top anti-Mafia investigator said. Chief prosecutor Bruno Siclari acknowledged that the traffic is virtually impossible to stop. Italy has struck several blows against organized crime this year, crowned by the arrest in January of Salvatore (Toto) Riina, alleged "boss of bosses" of the Sicilian
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May 6, 1996 | Associated Press
A reputed top Mafia boss accused in the murder of a Communist Party official was arrested Sunday after four years in hiding. Police seized Salvatore Cucuzza, 49, in a Palermo apartment. Mob informers have identified Cucuzza as the boss of downtown Palermo, the capital of the Italian island of Sicily, the ANSA news service said. He allegedly was a member of a hit squad during the 1980s and was close to Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the now-imprisoned "boss of bosses."
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