Italian anti-mafia police arrested Edgardo Greco, 63, the mafia boss of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta gang, while he was living under the guise of a pizza chef in France.
According to the sheet GuardianGreco was arrested on February 2 in the city of Saint-Etienne, France, where he ran an Italian restaurant called Caffe Rossini Ristorante and worked as a pizza chef at several other Italian restaurants under the false name Paolo Dimitrio .
While in Italy, Greco is said to have made a fake medical record to avoid serving a prison sentence.
Greco was convicted in absentia in 1991 of murdering brothers Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo with iron bars and dissolving the victim’s body with acid.
Greco has been on the run for the past 16 years and has been hunted by Italian authorities for the past 16 years.
Prosecutor Nicola Gratteri – who is leading the investigation and head of the public prosecutor’s office in Catanzaro, Calabria – described Greco as a “dangerous fugitive”.
According to Gratteri, Greco was also found guilty of conspiring to kill several prison officials, hence the nickname “prison killer”.
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) said ‘Ndrangheta is considered the most powerful mafia gang in Italy with a worldwide scale and close links to the cocaine trade. from South America to Europe.
Greco’s arrest comes just a week after Italian police busted the mafia ring of the ‘Ndrangheta gang in southern Calabria, seizing assets worth 250 million euros ($270 million).
The Catanzaro Provincial Prosecutor’s Office told CNN that prosecutor Gratteri began approaching Greco after he appeared in an article in the newspaper. Progress of France and was reposted by social media.
Calabrian police said Greco regularly posts articles on social media under his pseudonym.
According to Italian anti-mafia police, there are still four other mafia bosses on the run, including Pasquale Bonavota (48 years old), Giovanni Motisi (64 years old), Renato Cinquegranella (73 years old), especially Attilio Cubeddu (75 years old), Mafia is considered one of Italy’s most dangerous fugitives with many kidnapping charges.
The Italian anti-mafia force added that they are working around the clock to find those who are still hiding through catching “smalls” in the network, freezing personal assets and bank accounts, even scouring social media platforms like Greco’s case.
On January 16, Italian police also arrested Matteo Messina Denaro, one of the most notorious bosses of the Cosa Nostra mafia after 30 years hiding in a clinic in the city of Palermo, southern Italy.