A little paper which detailed the health conditions of a person with cancer hidden in the paw of a chair and discovered by carabinieri is one of the elements that led to the arrest of the considered the last godfather of Cosa Nostra, Matteo Messina Denaroarrested on January 16 after 30 years on the run from Justice.
The discovery occurred in the house of rosalia, Messina Denaro’s sister and known as Rosette68, arrested today by the Carabinieri in Castelvetrano (Sicily, south) on charges of mafia association by order of prosecutors Maurizio de Lucia and Paolo Guido, who have conducted the investigations that also led to the arrest of the “boss of bosses” of Cosa Nostra.
The piece of paper was discovered by the Carabineros on December 6 while they placed hidden microphones in the house of the womanin Castelvetrano, in the family’s historic residence, Italian media reported.
The military found a note inside the hollow leg of a chair, photographed it and put it back in its place, so as not to arouse suspicion in the woman, and later the investigators discovered that it was a real clinical diary of a cancer patientthe same one that Messina Denaro suffered as it became known after his arrest.
This piece of paper became the proof that Rosalía was aware of her brother’s conditions and that he was in charge of communicating it to the rest of the members of the mafia family.
“This shows that the fugitive had informed her, step by step, of the discovery of the disease and of all the subsequent surgical interventions, having probably had several occasions to see him personally and to ascertain his state of health,” the prosecutors explain. .
Rosalía is the eldest of the five Messina Denaro siblings, and investigators consider her the person who managed the family’s money and managed the mob boss’s communications network.
Until now she had never been directly involved in the investigations, however her husband, Filippo Guttadaurohad always been considered one of the most trusted men of the “capo”.
His son is also in custody. Francescoconsidered the favorite nephew of Matteo Messina Denaro, arrested in 2013 along with the capo’s younger sister, Anna Patriziawhile Rosalía’s other daughter is Lorenza Guttadaurocurrently the lawyer appointed by the mafia boss for his defense.
The investigations point to Rosalía as the person who was in charge of managing the family coffersto cover the financial needs of his brother during the 30 years on the run, as well as the transmission network of the “pizzini”the little pieces of paper with which the mafiosi communicate their orders to the rest of the members of the mafia family and which allowed Messina Denaro to continue issuing orders from his hiding place.
Rosalía was arrested after the Messina Denaro driver, Giovanni Luppino; of the person who provided you with her false identity, andrea bonafede; of the doctor of Campobello di Mazara Alfonso Tumbarello already a second andrea bonafedewho is the one who withdrew the “capo’s” medical prescriptions, according to the statement of the Carabineros
Messina Denaro was arrested when he went to a private health clinic in Palermo for medical treatment.
Later, several houses were discovered in which the mafia boss hid in recent years in the town of Campobello di Mazara, in the province of Trapani, a few kilometers from Castelvetrano, the hometown of Messina Denaro and where his family resides.
(With information from EFE)
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