One of Italy’s most wanted fugitives returns from Spain – English
(ANSA) – ROME, FEBRUARY 10 – Sicilian mob boss Stidda (Star), who is one of Italy’s 20 most dangerous fugitives, is set to return to Italy from Spain on Friday after a court ruled authorized the execution of a European arrest warrant against him on Thursday.
Gioacchino Gammino, 61, has been on the run since a prison break in Italy 20 years ago.
The arrest warrant was issued by a court in Agrigento in May 2014.
Italy’s justice minister thanked the Spanish authorities for their cooperation in quickly handling the case of Gammino, who was detained in Galapagar, on the outskirts of Madrid, on December 17.
For years he had passed himself off as a respectable businessman and restaurateur.
The Stidda is a mafia-like criminal organization centered in the south-central part of Sicily. Members are known as stiddari or stiddaroli. He is most active in rural southern Sicily and is partly a rival of Cosa Nostra. Some members have a star tattooed on their bodies.
Famous deceased anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone investigated Gammino more than 20 years ago, before he was killed by Cosa Nostra in 1992. (ANSA).
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