An Italian mafia boss who escaped from a most safety jail final yr by utilizing mattress sheets to scale the partitions has been captured in France, authorities say.
Marco Raduano, the 40-year-old boss of the Gargano Mafia within the southern Italian area of Puglia, was caught Thursday outdoors a luxurious restaurant in Bastia, Corsica, the place he was eating with a feminine companion.
He was apprehended by the identical anti-mafia unit that captured Matteo Messina Denaro, one other felony boss who spent practically three many years on the run.
Rauduona was listed as one in every of Europol’s prime 10 most harmful fugitives.
Additionally apprehended was his right-hand man, Gianluigi Troiano, who fled home arrest in 2021 after detaching his digital bracelet. He was arrested on Thursday in Granada, Spain whereas selecting up a parcel from a service level.
The joint operation was ordered by the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Bari, Puglia and carried out by the Carabinieri of the ROS and the provincial command of Foggia, Puglia. The Spanish Guardia Civil and the French Gendarmerie Nationale additionally cooperated within the arrest, in accordance with the Carabinieri assertion.
Raduano’s escape by tying mattress sheets from his jail window slightly below a yr in the past was caught on the penitentiary’s surveillance cameras. The escape lasted 16 seconds and he fled on foot with no guards noticing or giving chase, which led to an inner investigation of the utmost safety jail.
Raduano was serving a 24-year sentence in jail for drug trafficking when he escaped, and sentenced to life in jail in absentia after his escape for instigating the homicide of mobster Omar Trott in a bruschetta bar in Vieste, Italy, in 2017.