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Palermo prosecutor 'bungled' capture of mob boss, judges say

Messineo 'influenced' by Ingroia, CSM suspects

Palermo prosecutor 'bungled' capture of mob boss, judges say

(updates previous) Rome, June 12 - The judiciary's CSM self-governing body on Wednesday accused Palermo's chief prosecutor Francesco Messineo of being responsible for mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro remaining at large. Messineo, the CSM said in a disciplinary procedure, did not favour the circulation of information within Palermo's prosecutor's office and "a consequence of this lack of coordination was allegedly the failure to capture the fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro". Messineo is also suspected of being influenced by one of the prosecutors in his office, Antonio Ingroia, the CSM wrote, noting that Ingroia withheld wiretaps concerning Messina Denaro for five months from Caltanissetta prosecutors investigating the mafia boss. The wiretaps were filed by Ingroia in November 2012, just a few days before he left the state attorney's office in Palermo. Ingroia founded the left-wing Civic Revolution party shortly afterwards but the movement folded after doing poorly in general elections last February. The CSM then appointed him as deputy prosecutor in the northwestern city of Aosta, as Valle D'Aosta was the only region where he did not run for office. Messineo will be heard by the CSM in a hearing next month. He risks being removed from his post. Originally from Trapani in Sicily, Messina Denaro has been a fugitive since 1993. The Cosa Nostra leader is known as the 'boss of bosses' and the 'playboy boss' for his passion for women and luxury. (photo: Antonio Ingroia, left, and Francesco Messineo)

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