Italian authorities have seized assets from three more associates of Cosa Nostra mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro. The head of the Sicilian Mafia and the so called “boss of bosses” Denaro has been on the run since 1993 and is one of the top ten most wanted criminals in the world. One of the most powerful mafia bosses in Italy Denaro has been a top target of authorities who hope these massive asset seizures may influence one of his associates to betray him leading to his capture. The initiative to close off support for the fugitive mob boss by attacking his financial resources has been ongoing since 2009 and continues to grow. Italian authorities will not comment on whether or not they are any closer to locating Denaro or if his arrest is in any way imminent.
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The current asset seizure included a three people one of which was a relative of Denaro worth more the 1.8 Million-euro’s or $2.4 Million dollars. In total assets worth more then $4 Billion dollars have been seized from reputed associates of Messina Denaro since 2009 in form of money, properties, and businesses. With such massive seizures taking place many mafia experts believe it is only a matter of time that the net closes around Messina Denaro and he is eventually captured. So far those results are yet to be seen and its unclear if its has brought authorities any closer to the Sicilian mafia boss of bosses who’s vast network of associates and assets is perhaps stronger then ever expected.