THE alleged head of the Sicilian Mafia is among 46 people held in an ‘extraordinary’ police operation.
Settimo Mineo, who was said to have become the ‘boss of bosses’ after the death of Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, was arrested in the raid.
Based on wiretaps, police said clan leaders in Sicilian capital Palermo elected the 80-year-old as their head at a meeting on May 29.
Those held are suspected of mafia association, extortion, weapons violations and other charges.
Chief anti-mafia prosecutor Cafiero De Raho said Mineo’s rise showed the centre of power in the Sicilian Mafia had shifted to Palermo from Corleone, the town made famous by The Godfather.