ROME: A footage showing one of Italy’s most-wanted fugitive mob bosses, who had been on the run for five years, was found hiding behind cupboards in what is being said a ‘secret room’.
Antonio Pelle crawled out of his hiding place on his stomach to the top of a wardrobe that had shielded the bunker at his home in southern Reggio Calabria.
Video of his surrender showed at least two dozen police surrounding the wardrobe waiting for the mafia boss to emerge.
Pelle, known as “Mamma,” was serving a 20-year prison sentence for mafia association, arms and drug trafficking when he slipped out of a hospital in the town of Locri in September 2011.
The 54-year-old, who was on the Interior Ministry’s list of most dangerous mob fugitives, is considered the boss of the Pelle-Romeo clan of San Luca, in Italy’s southern Calabria region.