Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mafia boss hangs himself

Alleged Mafia boss hangs himself in Sicilian jail hours after his arrest.
ROME - Police in Sicily say the alleged Mafia boss of a Palermo neighbourhood has hanged himself in jail, hours after he was arrested in a blitz against the Cosa Nostra gang.

Mafia boss

Authorities had ordered the sweeping raids to prevent what they said were mob efforts to rebuild Cosa Nostra. Some 90 suspects were arrested in the blitz. Paramilitary police in Palermo say Gaetano Lo Presti's suicide in jail last night is under investigation.

Cosa Nostra

He was arrested because he allegedly headed a Mafia clan in the city's Porta Nuova district.
The capture of top fugitives in recent years has weakened Cosa Nostra.
Authorities say they ordered the latest raids to head off a bloody power struggle among rival mob bosses to rebuild the crime syndicate.

Cosa Nostra

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