They arrested the family doctor of the Cosa Nostra boss who was arrested weeks ago

Alfonso Tumbarello

Italian authorities arrested on Tuesday Alfonso Tumbarellofamily doctor for years of the head of the Sicilian mafia Cosa Nostra, Matteo Messina Denaroarrested on January 16 after thirty years on the run from justice.

Tumbarello, 70, was the mafia boss’s doctor during his years as a fugitive in the Sicilian municipality of Campobello di Mazzara and is accused of crimes of mafia collaboration and falsehoodaccording to the order of the judge of the Court of Palermo, Alfredo Montalto, to which the news agency had access EFE.

has also been arrested Andrea Bonafede, 53-year-old collaborator of Tumbarello and cousin of the man with the same name who lent his identity to the criminal. his job was Withdraw for the mobster the medicines that the doctor prescribed, among other tasks.

Authorities have found dozens of prescriptions signed by this doctor who, according to investigators, knew the real identity of his patient.

Messina Denarohead of Cosa Nostra, was arrested on January 16 in a operation considered “historic”since he was wanted for his multiple crimes and attacks since 1993.

His arrest occurred when he went to a clinic in the Sicilian capital, Palermo, to treat a colon cancer under the false identity of Andrea Bonafedewith whom he lived with apparent normality in Campobello di Mazzara, less than ten kilometers from his hometown, Castelvetrano, despite being the most wanted criminal in Italy.

Messina Denaro, head of Cosa Nostra, was arrested on January 16 (Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS)
Messina Denaro, head of Cosa Nostra, was arrested on January 16 (Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS) (CARABINIERI/)

They have also ended up in jail in recent weeks Andrea Bonafede, who lent him his nameand the driver who accompanied him to the clinic, Giovanni Luppino.

Born in Castelvetrano, in the Sicilian province of Trapani, Messina Denaro, who today has 60 yearsmust serve several life sentences for the 1993 bombings in Florence, Rome and Milan in which ten people died.

It is also considered the bombs brain that caused the death of the two anti-mafia magistrates in 1992 Paolo Borsellino and Giovani Falcone, the latter’s wife, Francesca Morvillo, and eight escort agents.

In a final ruling, the role of Messina Denaro in the so-called strategy of the Cosa Nostra attacks to put pressure on the State in the 1990s is recognized and proves its participation both in those of 1992, claimed by “Totó” Riina, and in the bombs of 1993, commissioned by another mafia boss, Bernardo Provenzano.

It was just after these attacks that Messina Denaro, born in Castelvetrano (Trapani), disappeared and, after the arrest of Riina and Provenzano, it was considered that kept pulling the strings of Cosa Nostra from an unknown whereabouts.

Despite being the most wanted man in Italy, this did not prevent him from traveling to Barcelona (Spain) for eye surgery, as has been shown in various investigations.

Italian police stated in September 2022 that, despite his long disappearance, he was still able to give orders related to the way in which the mafia is directed around the city of Trapani, in western Sicily, its stronghold in the region.

His arrest has aroused numerous reactions from the Italian political class, including the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. “A great victory for the State, which shows that we must not surrender to the mafia,” he wrote.

(With information from EFE)

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They arrested the boss of Cosa Nostra, Matteo Messina Denaro, the most wanted mobster in Italy and a fugitive for 30 years