A man whose identity was used by Italy’s most wanted mafia boss – Matteo Messina Denaro – has been arrested in Sicily.

Andrea Bonafide was arrested by Carabinieri police in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, on a warrant issued by judicial authorities.

when Messina Dinaro was arrested last week. At a clinic in Palermo where he was receiving chemotherapy, he was using an official ID card with Bonafide’s name but with his photo.

Bonafide is suspected of being a member of the Cosa Nostra, as the Sicilian Mafia is known, and is helping Messina Denaro play his role as a major mob boss.

With Bonafide’s identity, the 60-year-old fugitive “was able to move over the area,” the warrant alleges. [of Italy]evading law enforcement as well as accessing national healthcare without revealing their true identity”.

Investigators suspect Bonafide also received €20,000 (£17,500) from a mafia boss to buy a house in western Sicily, which was one of Messina Denaro’s hideouts.

Police have searched at least three houses in the western Sicilian town of Campobello di Mazara, near Trapani, which they say were used over the past several months.

Carabinieri police commander Matteo Messina speaks after Dinaro's arrest.  Photo: Alberto Lo Bianco/La Presse/AP
Carabinieri police commander Matteo Messina speaks after Dinaro’s arrest. Photo: Alberto Lo Bianco/La Presse/AP

During the search, authorities found airline ticket receipts, expensive restaurant receipts, jewelry and movie posters, including The Godfather and Joker.

A black Alfa Romeo Giulietta car, driven by Messina Denaro himself, was also found with Bonafide’s identification documents, the arrest warrant said.

Messina Dinaro had been on the run since 1993. And he was sentenced to life in prison for the murders committed in the early 1990s.

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He was convicted as one of the masterminds of the 1992 bombings – one of which killed Italian anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone, and another two months later that of fellow magistrate Paolo Borsellino. had done

He was called the “Last Godfather” and was the last fugitive member of the mob generation that terrorized Italy.

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