The Spanish police announced on Thursday (5) the arrest of one of the main leaders of the mafia in Calabria, Domenico Paviglianiti, “one of the most wanted fugitives in Italy.”
Paviglianiti was detained in the Cuatro Caminos area of Madrid on Aug. 2 in a joint operation with Italian police.
“The detainee, considered one of the most wanted fugitives in Italy, was located with false Portuguese documentation, six cell phones and nearly 6,000 euros in 200-euro bills,” says a statement released by the Spanish security force.
Paviglianiti is accused of the murder of a man, a crime for which he was sentenced to 16 years in prison in Italy. The convict still needs to serve 11 years and eight months of his sentence.
In 2019, he was released in Italy for a legal technicality and later moved to Spain.
Police detected part of the detainee’s family in Barcelona, where he spent a few months as a refugee, before moving on to Madrid. He took up residence in the Spanish capital until he was located and detained.
Paviglianiti helped control mafia operations in northern Italy and South America.
Called the “boss of bosses” by the Italian press for his role in crimes committed in the 1980s and 1990s, including murder and drug trafficking, Paviglianiti spent more than 20 years in prison before his release in 2019.
It played “a prominent role during the so-called second mafia war, when other ‘Ndrangheta families in the province of Reggio Calabria supported the De Stefano clan in the violent dispute with the Condello clan,” Italian investigators reported.
In his long relationship with the courts, Paviglianiti had already been arrested in 1996 in Spain and extradited three years later to Italy.
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