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Italian mafia boss arrested in Brazil after 30 years on the run

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By Euronews
Italian mafia boss arrested in Brazil after 30 years on the run

<p>An Italian mafia boss who had been on the run for 30 years has been arrested in Brazil.</p> <p>Pasquale Scotti was captured in the northeast city of Recife in a joint operation with <span class="caps">INTERPOL</span>.</p> <p>The 56-year who is half Brazilian – was convicted in absentia for the illegal possession of firearms and more than 20 homicides.</p> <p>The Italian authorities have begun extradition proceedings against him.</p> <p>Scotti was the boss of the Camorra mafia group in Naples and was arrested in a shootout in 1983. But he escaped hospital and despite multiple raids Italian police were unable to find him.</p> <p><span class="caps">INTERPOL</span> used archived digital finger prints.to identify him.</p> <p>Brazilian police have said Scotti fathered two children in Recife and had been running several businesses in plain sight.</p>