Italian Mafia Killer 16-Years-On The Run Found Working as a Pizza Chef in France

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I’m off your Hitman who has been on the run for a total of 16 years was arrested on Thursday in France, where he had been working as a pizza chef. 63-year-old Edgardo Greco, who according to authorities has links to Italy’s notorious ‘ndrangheta crime group and was convicted of killing two people back in the 1990s, was arrested by French police in the city of Saint-Étienne.

Greco is described as a dangerous figurative and has been sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Brothers Giuseppe and Stefano Bartolomeo in 1992.  Through a statement, Italian police revealed that the parents were beaten to death with a metal bar in a fish shop in Calabria.

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“Their bodies were made to disappear and never found again,” police stated.

Italian Mafia Killer 16-Years-On The Run Arrested

Greco is also being accused of attempted murder in a separate case. Italian news agency, ANSA, stated that the man had been working as a Chef at an Italian restaurant in France under another identity. Italian police went on to release a picture of Greco wearing his Chef’s white coat and what looks to be inside a restaurant kitchen.

Interpol,  the international police agency that coordinated the case with French and Italian law enforcement, stated that the crimes were linked to “ Mafia Wars”  of the early 1990s between the Perna Pranno and Pino Sena organized crime gangs that took place in the Cosenza region of Southern Italy.

There he was deemed responsible for the two deaths during the Maxi-Trial, which prosecuted and convicted several hundreds of Mafia operatives from 1986 to 1992. Police say that he invaded the execution of a precautionary prison order related to the trial in 2006.

After he escaped police custody in  October 2006, Catanzaro Public Prosecutors Office in Italy had issued a European arrest warrant.  The recent arrest comes two weeks after Italian police arrested mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro,  who also had links to ‘ndrangheta and became Italy’s most Wanted Man after spending decades on the run. 

Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Piantedosi, released a statement, saying, “The capture of Edgardo Greco brings to justice one of the worst Italian criminals and demonstrates, for the umpteenth time, the capabilities and commitment of our police forces, which on this occasion have operated in collaboration with the French authorities.”

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