Marco Raduano, the head of the Italian mafia, escaped from a maximum security prison a year ago thanks to tied sheets, which he used to climb down from a high wall. On Thursday, he was arrested in Corsica, France, while having dinner with a young woman. His accomplice was arrested in Spain. “Another serious blow to organized crime,” said Matteo Piantedosi, Italy’s interior minister.
Last February, 40-year-old Marco Raduano escaped from a maximum security prison in Sardinia (Italy). The surveillance footage shows that the man used sheets tied together to overcome the high wall. Raduano was serving 24 years in prison for drug trafficking and other crimes.
Raduano is the head of the Gargano clan, which operates within the “fifth mafia”, a relatively unknown crime syndicate based in Foggia, the southern Italian province of Puglia. He was on Europol’s list of the most wanted criminals in Europe.
The Italian news agency ANSA published a recording on the X platform (formerly Twitter) showing the escape of the 40-year-old.
‘A serious blow to organized crime’
After almost a year of searching, the head of the Italian mafia was arrested on Thursday France. A source told AFP that the arrest occurred when Raduano was having dinner in a restaurant with a young woman.
IN Spain Raduano’s accomplice, Gianluigi Troiano, was arrested. “The capture by police abroad of two dangerous fugitives, Marco Raduano and his right-hand man, Gianluigi Troiano, is another serious blow to organized crime,” said Matteo Piantedosi, Italy’s interior minister.
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