Sunday 25 February 2018

Mafia boss Pasquale Scotti arrested in Brazil after 30 years on the run

Pasquale Scotti has been on the run for more than 30 years Credit: Brazilian Federal Police
Pasquale Scotti has been on the run for more than 30 years Credit: Brazilian Federal Police Newsdesk Newsdesk

After 30 years on the run, one of Italy’s most feared mafia bosses has been arrested in Brazil.

Pasquale Scotti, a senior figure in the feared Camorra syndicate wanted for more than two dozen murders, was arrested by police while taking his two children to school in the northeast city of Recife.

The 56-year-old was detain as apart of a joint operation between Brazil's federal police and Interpol.

It is understood that his Brazilian family were unaware of his identity, which was exposed by Interpol through fingerprint examination.

The fear mafiosos was living under the false name Francisco de Castro Visconti.

Reinventing himself as a businessman, he had local identity papers, registered as a voter and partly owned a nightclub and food import business.

The former boss of the Camorra mafia group in Naples, Mr Scotti was arrested in a shootout in 1983 in which he was hit multiple times.

But on Christmas Eve of 1984 he escaped from a hospital where he was being treated after signing a plea bargain.

Despite multiple raids and road blocks stopping thousands of cars, Italian police were unable to find Scotti.

"He left no traces. It's as if he vanished," Italian police were quoted as saying in a La Repubblica article from the time.

He was convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 1991 for the illegal possession of firearms, extortion and more than 20 homicides.

The Italian authorities have begun the process of getting him extradited, the police said.

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