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Expensive perfumes, clothes found in Mafia boss hideout

Expensive perfumes and designer label clothes were on Tuesday found in an apartment which investigators believe was the last hideout of Sicilian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, judicial sources said, a day after the arrest of the 60-year-old fugitive.

The apartment is located in a modest building near the centre of Campobello di Mazara, a town in the Western Sicilian province of Trapani, just a few kilometres from Messina Denaro’s hometown of Castelvetrano, the sources said although no weapons were found.

Messina Denaro was caught on Monday at a private hospital in Palermo after 30 years on the run, and was known for his taste for luxury goods, including sunglasses and clothes. Police said he was wearing a watch worth 35,000 euros when he was arrested.

Nicknamed”‘U Siccu” (The Skinny One), Messina Denaro was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a trial that was held in absentia for his role in an array of mob murders, including the bomb attacks that killed anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.

Investigators believe Messina Denaro was driven on Monday to Palermo’s La Maddalena hospital from Campobello di Mazara to be treated for cancer. The town was home to his alleged aide Giovanni Luppino, who was arrested with him.

Despite his illness, prosecutors said Messina Denaro was fit enough to serve time in prison where he will carry on with his cancer treatment.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas