Jailed Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has been taken from L’Aquila’s maximum-security jail and admitted to the city’s San Salvatore hospital, sources said on Tuesday.
Messina Denaro, who has cancer, is in the hospital’s surgery department. He is being held amid tight security measures, the sources said.
The convict has cancer and has been having chemotherapy in a special room at L’Aquila maximum security prison. He has been held under the tough 41 bis jail regime.
A few weeks ago he had an operation for a urological problem, sources said.
Messina Denaro was caught in mid-January at a Palermo cancer clinic after 30 years on the run.
What was Messina Denaro convicted for?
The Cosa Nostra superboss has been convicted for his involvement in dozens of murders. They include the 1992 bombings that killed anti-Mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
In addition to the Falcone and Borsellino assassinations, he has been condemned for the killing of Giuseppe Di Matteo, the 12-year-old son of a mobster-turned-State witness; the boy was strangled and dissolved in acid in 1996. Other atrocities include bombings at art and religious sites in Milan, Florence and Rome that killed 10 people and hurt 40 more in 1993.