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Having found Messina Denaro’s car, he went to buy it

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Investigations continue into the network of supporters of the boss Matteo Messina Denaro, arrested on Monday at the Maddalena clinic in Palermo where he had gone to undergo chemotherapy. The mafia boss’s car was found in Campobello di Mazara, a town where the boss spent at least the last year on the run. The black Giulietta was in a garage of the son of Giovanni Luppino, the farmer with a clean record who accompanied the godfather of Castelvetrano to the nursing home and was arrested with him. She told the investigators that she had not known, until the day of the blitz, who her “passenger” was, that he, before then, had only seen once a few months ago. “He was introduced to me as Francesco and on Sunday evening he asked me to accompany him, telling me that he had to do some treatment for cancer”, he defended himself.

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Messina Denaro, found the car of the boss

A reconstruction that the prosecutors consider totally false and which is difficult to reconcile with the presence of the car in the garage of Luppino’s son, but not only. Some sources say that the driver and the boss embraced before being arrested. Furthermore, among the pizzini seized from the farmer, one popped up with the inscription “Guide door seal on Giulietta 1.6 last series”. A reminder of the purchase of a car part, coincidentally the same one from Messina Denaro found today. The Giulietta was searched by the police on the orders of the assistant prosecutor Paolo Guido. No documents or relevant material were found inside, nor was a GPS useful for reconstructing the movements of the mafia boss. According to investigators, however, the car was purchased by the mafia boss himself. Messina Denaro, in January 2022, would have gone to a dealership in Palermo, would have traded in a Fiat 500 and would have paid 10 thousand euros in cash. Both the purchase contract and the exchange are made out to an 87-year-old disabled woman mother of Andrea Bonafede, the Campobello surveyor who would have lent her identity to the boss since at least 2020, the date of the first surgery to which the mafia boss underwent at the Campobello di Mazara hospital.

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The investigators, who in recent days have searched the homes of several people suspected of having favored the boss’s hiding, including those of Luppino, Bonafede and his mother and former lawyer Antonio Messina, are analyzing the copious documentation found in the first hideout of the discovered boss, that of vicolo San Vito, also in Campobello di Mazara, and the material seized in Luppino. These are notes, post-its, shopping lists (the godfather lived in luxury and spent up to 7,000 euros a month), an agenda, telephone numbers, code names.

A long and difficult job that of the carabinieri del Ros from which the names of accomplices and abettors could emerge. On the other hand, it has not been confirmed that elements proving the mafia boss’s trips abroad were found in the house. The seized cell phones are also being examined by the investigators: two from Messina Denaro and two from Luppino who, as the investigating judge noted in the order with which he ordered prison for the driver, kept the two devices in airplane mode on the morning of the arrest. One of the cell phones of the mafia boss, registered in Bonafede’s name, was “followed” by the investigators on the morning of the blitz. The attached cells confirmed the suspicions of the carabinieri about the movements of Messina Denaro, alias Bonafede, who was traveling from Campobello di Mazara to Palermo. Finally, in the library of the mafia boss’s hideout, in addition to history and philosophy books, two biographies were found: one of Vladimir Putin, the other of Hitler.

Source: Ansa

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