Strong clan loyalty, locals, helped mafia boss Messina Denaro stay hidden

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By Angelo Amante and Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – When Salvatore Catalano discovered that mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro had lived just a short walk from his house in the western Sicilian town of Campobello di Mazara, he felt sick. Catalano’s brother, Agostino, was a policeman who died in a 1992 bomb that killed anti-mob magistrate Paolo Borsellino – a attack that prosecutors say Messina Denaro helped mastermind. “There’s anger in my heart and soul now that I know he was here and I didn’t recognise him,” Catalano told Reuters. Messina Denaro, 60, was arrested on Jan. 16 aft…

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