Home > News > World
Saturday April 5, 2014 MYT 4:00:01 PM
Saturday April 5, 2014 MYT 4:04:12 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - London police said on Saturday they had re-arrested a fugitive Sicilian mafioso who last month won a legal fight against extradition to Italy from Britain where he has been living under an alias for two decades.
Domenico Rancadore, 65, has been tried in his absence by an Italian court and sentenced to seven years in an Italian jail for mafia-linked crimes between 1987 and 1995.
The Metropolitan Police said he was held on Friday night at an address in Uxbridge, west London, under a new European arrest warrant issued by Italy, and would appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later on Saturday.
In March, he avoided extradition after a British judge ruled that Italy's prison overcrowding could breach his human rights.
The judge said he had intended to extradite Rancadore, nicknamed "U Profissuri" (The Professor) in Sicilian dialect, but was bound by another recent ruling about Italian prisons, made in a higher British court, and so had to discharge him.
Rancadore came to Britain in 1994, cutting all contact with his family in Italy and establishing himself as "Marc Skinner" in Uxbridge, where he lived undetected for over 20 years with his wife and two children.
He is the son of Giuseppe Rancadore, former head of the mafia clan in Trabia near Palermo, Sicily's capital, who is serving a life sentence in jail.
Once in Britain, he took his mother-in-law's maiden name as his surname. The family home was in his wife's name and he had no passport, national insurance number or work records.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Andrew Roche)
Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM
U.S. general says he believes North Korea can build nuclear warhead
Oscar de la Renta: The All-American fashion legend
Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones
China's top graft-buster says fight will never end
No U.S. troop cuts without credible North Korea nuclear deal, says Kerry
Greece's anti-bailout party leads conservatives in latest poll
Authors come in all shapes, sizes ... and dispositions
US$100mil Ebola pledge from Microsoft co-founder Allen
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)