He is thought to be Cosa Nostra’s last “secret-keeper”.

Many informers and prosecutors believe he holds all the information and the names of who were involved in several of the most high-profile crimes by the mafia, including the bomb attacks that killed magistrates Falcone and Borsellino.

Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, whose brother Piersanti was killed by Cosa Nostra in 1980, congratulated the minister of the interior and the Carabinieri.

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