One of Sicily's most dangerous mafia bosses was arrested Thursday after 15 years on the run when police found him hiding in a secret space behind a wardrobe in his wife's luxury apartment, officials said.
Francesco Di Fresco was arrested after police became suspicious that his wife had hardly left the house in the last few months, a spokeswoman for the police force in the Sicilian capital Palermo told AFP.
"They found him in the secret space," the spokeswoman said.
During a previous search on Monday, investigators had found the table set for three while only his wife and his daughter could be seen in the apartment.
It was only when police returned with a detailed plan of the apartment that they discovered a secret closet, measuring 120 centimetres by 50
centimetres (47 inches by 19 inches), hidden behind a large wardrobe that could be moved.
"The mafia has received a serious blow today. Francesco Di Fresco was considered one of Cosa Nostra's most dangerous members in Palermo," Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said.
The mafia boss has been on the run since 1995 for kidnapping and murder and was one of the 100 most wanted fugitives in Italy.