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Fugitive Mafia boss Domenico Rancadore, who moved to west London in 1994, has been accused of changing his story and said he feels "destroyed", as he continues his fight against extradition.
The 64-year-old was arrested in London last August after spending 20 years evading Italian authorities who accuse him of fleeing Italy as he faced trial over his alleged Cosa Nostra ''man of honour" connections.
In a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, prosecutor Hannah Hinton said Rancadore's account of why he came to the UK had changed, adding that was not entirely clear on why he changed his name and pointing out contradictions in his accounts of when he discovered he was a wanted man.
Rancadore was convicted in 1999 of Mafia association and extortion in Trabia, near Palermo, and is wanted to serve a seven-year jail sentence.
A travel agent with alleged mafia links will find out if he is to be extradited to Italy later.
Police say that Domenico Rancadore has been running a travel agency in London since 1993.
He was denied bail following his arrest at him home in Uxbridge, last year after the authorities claimed he had been living under false name for more than 20 years.
Italian prosecutors allege he was a leading figure in the Sicilian mafia who 'systematically murdered anyone who didn't agree with the organisation'.