One of Italy’s most wanted men has finally been captured after 14 years on the run. Antonio Iovine, a boss of the Camorra, the Naples version of the Sicilian mafia, was convicted in absentia in January and sentenced to life for directing the clan’s criminal operations.
He was reportedly discovered hiding in a wall cavity and is said to have tried to jump off a balcony to escape arrest.
Italy’s Interior Minister Roberto Maroni described it as a “great day in the fight against the mafia,” but denied the operation was mounted to detract from problems facing the prime minister.
Iovine’s capture is the latest in a string of high-profile mafia arrests by Italian authorities in recent months. His arrest was also welcomed by Roberto Saviano, author of the best selling book, Gomorrah, a study about the gangster underworld.