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Lawyers aim to remove Provenzano from top-security regime

'Failing health means no longer a risk' for Mafia chieftain

Lawyers aim to remove Provenzano from top-security regime

Palermo, February 22 - Lawyers representing Bernardo 'The Bulldozer' Provenzano, the former Cosa Nostra Mafia 'boss of bosses', have filed a motion to remove him from a top-security prison regime due to his declining health. Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano has been subjected to the so-called 41-bis treatment for Italy's most dangerous criminals, who can be kept in single-person cells in maximum-security jails, almost entirely cut off from the outside world in order to prevent further criminal activity. Provenzano's lawyers argue that his failing mental and physical health no longer make him a risk. The ex-mafia chieftain is serving life for various murders including ordering bomb attacks on anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.

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