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Riina to remain under 41-bis prison regime

Mafia boss suffers from heart disease

Riina to remain under 41-bis prison regime

Rome, April 8 - Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina is to remain under the maximum-security prison regime even though he is suffering from heart disease, the Supreme Court of Cassation ruled on Monday. The sentence came in response to an appeal by his lawyer against an earlier ruling upholding the so-called 41-bis regime for people convicted of certain mafia crimes on grounds that his client, 82, needed hospital treatment. The judges found that medical checks on Riina could be carried out while he was in detention. "The urgent need for prevention does not exclude the provision of adequate health care" for the former head of the ruthless Corleonesi clan who is currently serving multiple life sentences for Mafia crimes, the court ruled.

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