‘The head of the Ndrangheta mafia group had time to escape the police for two years after first sitting more than 20 years after his sentences.
Spanish police said on Thursday they had arrested a mafia chief wanted in Madrid, Italy Domenico Paviglianitin, 60. The AFP news agency reports.
Paviglianiti is one of the leaders of Italy’s most influential ‘Ndrangheta Mafia Group and was given the nickname‘ boss of bosses ’by the Italian press in the 1990s.
According to Italian sources, Paviglianit is suspected of involvement in a total of 140 murders in the 1980s and 1990s, including in battles between mafia groups. Hailing from southern Calabria, the clan-based ‘Ndragnheta eventually became the strongest after gaining a dominant position in the cocaine trade.
Mafia Chief Paviglianiti was first arrested in Spain in 1996 and extradited to Italy three years later. He received a life sentence for, among other things, one murder and three attempted murder.
Lawyers appealed the judgment because the extradition agreement with Spain did not mention a life sentence. The appeal went through the courts and Paviglianiti was released in August 2019 after spending 20 years in a high-security prison near Milan.
However, the released police mafia was immediately re-arrested by Italian police following an old 17-year sentence. However, at the end of the same year, the court found that this judgment had been incorporated into the original 1999 judgment. So Paviglianiti was again a free man, reports Corriere della Calabria.
Prosecutors however, they did not give up but appealed to the court, claiming that Paviglianiti had been released on incorrect grounds. The “boss of the bosses” was called for search again but he managed to escape the Italian police for almost two years.
According to Spanish police, Paviglianit’s family was successfully found in Barcelona and it later emerged that the suspect himself had moved to Madrid. He was arrested in the working-class district of Cuatro Caminos. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of six thousand euros in cash and six mobile phones.