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Sex pills, designer clothes found in mafia boss Messina Denaro’s hideout


  • Messina Denaro is captured after 30 years on the run
  • Found an apartment in the city of Western Sicily
  • Researched doctor prescribed cancer treatment

PALERMO, Italy, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Perfume, designer clothes and sex pills were found on Tuesday in an apartment that investigators believe was the last hideout of Sicilian mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro, judicial sources said, a day after the arrest of fugitive.

Messina Money, 60 captured on Monday in a private hospital in Palermo after 30 years on the run, was apprehended in the central Italian city of Aquila, the Palermo prosecutor said. He was transferred from Sicily on the day of his arrest.

The apartment is in a modest building near the center of Campobello di Mazara, a town in the western Sicilian province of Trapani, just a few kilometers from Messina’s hometown of Denaro Castelvetrano.

Investigators found clothing, shoes, a well-stocked refrigerator and restaurant receipts there, court sources said. They also found potency pills.

“He had a normal life, he went to the supermarket,” said magistrate Paolo Guido, one of the officers investigating Messina Denaro.

Neighbors described him as a friendly person.

“I live on the first floor of the building, sometimes I have seen this person, I have greeted him and nothing more. He answered me in a heartfelt way,” Rosario Cognata told Italian media.

TASTE TO LUXURY

Messina Denaro was known for its taste for luxury merchandise including designer clothes and expensive sunglasses. Police said he was wearing a watch worth 35,000 euros ($38,000) when he was arrested.

Messina Denaro is believed to have lived at the apartment for the past year, court sources said, but police are still looking for other places where he may have spent time.

Investigators believe Messina Denaro was taken to La Maddalena Hospital in Palermo from Campobello di Mazara on Monday to be treated for cancer. The town is home to his alleged accomplice Giovanni Lupino, who was arrested with him.

Police have placed doctor Alfonso Tumbarello under investigation on suspicion of aiding and abetting the mob boss, judicial sources said, because he cared for Messina Denaro, who was undergoing cancer treatment under a false name.

The sources said he gave the name to Andrea Bonafede, who owns the apartment where Messina Denaro lives and who is also under investigation.

Nicknamed “U Siccu” (The Skinny), Messina Denaro received 20 life sentences in absentia for his role in a number of mob killings, including the 1992 bombings that killed anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

Despite his illness, prosecutors said Messina Denaro was fit enough to serve time in prison where he will continue his cancer treatment. ($1 = 0.9232 euros)

Additional reporting by Angelo Amante and Alvise Armellini in Rome Writing by Angelo Amante Editing by Keith Weir and Tomasz Janowski

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