Italy: Mafia boss's corpse found in illegal grave

Palermo, 11 Feb. (AKI) - A charred body believed to be that of Mafia boss Giovanni Bonanno was found in a cemetery, believed to belong to the Mafia's LoPiccolo clan.

Bonanno had been missing since January 2006 and was reportedly a victim of 'lupara bianca' a practice when the victim's body is deliberately hidden.

A 'pentito' or turncoat Mafia member Gaspare Pulizzi, colleague of Mafia boss Salvatore LoPiccolo, showed Italian police the site of a cemetery unearthed in the city of Villagrazia di Carini, 10 kilometres from the southern Italian city of Palermo.

The LoPiccolos were arrested in early November as they attended a meeting of the Cosa Nostra 'cupola' - or the governing body of the Sicilian mafia - in an isolated villa near Palermo, together with Pulizzi and other senior Mafia figures.

Salvatore Lo Piccolo is believed to be Bernardo Provenzano's replacement.

Bernardo Provenzano, the head of the Corleone Mafia clan, and the 'boss of bosses' of the entire Sicilian Mafia,was arrested in 2006 after over 40 years on the run.


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