ROME, November 18 â€” RIA Novosti, Alexander Logunov. The death of the former leader of the “Cosa Nostra” Toto Riina not mean the end of the mafia, to fight it is necessary to consolidate efforts at the European level, said the head of the Italian Ministry of interior Marco Minniti.
The bloody leader of the “Cosa Nostra”, Toto Riina, serving a life sentence in a maximum-security prison of the Northern Italian city of Parma, died in the night of Friday in a local hospital at the age of 87 years. The last days of the former godfather of the Sicilian mafia was in a state of drug-induced coma.
“Riina was the symbol of the two mafias â€” the first is not against the state but penetrates into his wounds and grows through his weaknesses. Behind it there is a second, which throws the government a bloody challenge, the most serious of threats along with terrorism knew Italy. But in the end, Riina lost it,” Minniti said in an interview with Repubblica.
Riina, for his cruelty earned him the nickname the Beast, went down in history as one of the bloodiest mafia bosses. On his orders, were organized several terrorist attacks in Rome, Bologna, Florence and killed over a hundred people, including the legendary Italian investigators Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
“The death of Riina is not the death of the mafia. She’s hurt, she’s changed, but it exists,” said the Minister. According to him, combating it requires international response. “You need to create a European Prosecutor’s office for combating organized crime and terrorism and to eliminate the differences between national legislations as regards operations against the property of the mafia,” said Minniti.
Riina was a nationwide manhunt for 24 years and was arrested on 15 January 1993 in Palermo. For his numerous crimes, he received 26 life imprisonments and more than 24 years spent in the protected penal establishments of Italy.
The death of Riina was the main theme released Saturday in Italian Newspapers. Among the titles highlighted front page of the newspaper Il Giornale: “all right, one mafia less.” The newspaper La Stampa notes that the death of “boss of bosses” of the Sicilian mafia gives the start a kind of “presidential race” for the post of the leader of “La Cosa Nostra”.
Meanwhile, the Italian Facebook users with the announcement of the news of the bloody death of the leader began to Express condolences to his relatives. So, under a mourning photograph of his eldest daughter and son-in-law can see a comment “I subscribe to your pain”, “Happy trails, uncle Toto.” Some of the condolences, according to son-in-law of Riina, was removed by the administration of the social network after numerous user complaints.
Riina never repented in committed on his orders many bloody crimes. A few months before his death, during a visit with his wife, he bluntly said: “I don’t regret it. I never break”.