Mafia boss found in Uxbridge after 19 years on the run
Sicilian Domenico Rancadore was leader of Palermo crime family before disappearing in 1994
A SICILIAN Mafia boss, who spent 19 years on the run, has been arrested after he was discovered living in suburban London and running a travel agency.
Domenico Rancadore, 64, was one of leaders of the crime family's Palermo branch, but was better known to his neighbours in a sleepy street in Uxbridge, where he lived with his wife and two grown-up children, as Marco Skinner.
He was arrested on Wednesday night and now faces a seven-year jail term back in Italy.
The former PE teacher went on the run in 1994, shortly after the capture of Cosa Nostra's boss of bosses Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, and just two years after the murders of anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, says The Independent.
He was subsequently named as one of the most dangerous figures on the Palermo crime scene by Italian Mafia supergrasses including Gaetano Lima and Salvatore Barbagallo.
Rancadore was said to have run Mafia operations in the Caccamo and Trabia areas on the outskirts of the city during the 1980s. His father Giuseppe was also a Mafia boss. After his disappearance he was convicted of Mafia association and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Marco Skinner's shady past may have come as a surprise to his neighbours, but the Italian police had their eye him for some time, says Sky News. "Italian detectives knew he was living in London and had failed to have him arrested in the past because the crime of Mafia association is not recognised by authorities in Britain." Circumstances have "changed” in recent weeks, Sky reports.
In Italy it has been claimed that Rancadore was living openly in London, collecting his pension and even running criminal activities as he considered himself "untouchable", says Sky.
An Italian police source said his arrest was "highly significant".