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Italy thwarts Mafia threat to minister

ITALY has thwarted a mobster plan to assassinate the country’s interior minister, arresting six Mafia bosses in the Sicilian town of Corleone, police said yesterday.

The six are close allies of ruthless Mafia king Salvatore “Toto” Riina, who is currently serving multiple life sentences for murder under Italy’s ultra-hard Article 41-bis prison regime, which isolates inmates completely.

Wiretapped conversations between the six had revealed a plot to murder Interior Minister Angelino Alfano because they blamed him for strengthening Article 41-bis, a representative of the regional police force said.

The six were arrested after an investigation begun in September 2014 which revealed not only the assassination bid but also deep divisions within the organized crime group, where Riina’s wife Ninetta now calls the shots.

The wiretaps were taken a few months ago and the plan appeared to have been dropped, but police heard chatter between the men over the past few weeks about hiding firearms, sparking the arrests.



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