Mafia boss to appear in court

A wanted Mafia boss found living in London could walk free today over legal problems with the warrant for his arrest. Domenico Rancadore, 64, who is wanted by the Italian authorities, was arrested on Wednesday under a European Arrest Warrant.

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New arrest warrant issued for Italian mafia boss

A new arrest warrant has been issued for an Italian mafia boss who was found living in west London.

Domenico Rancadore was on the run from Italian authorities for almost two decades Credit: Reuters

Domenico Rancadore, 64, will be re-arrested once the document has been translated from Italian, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard today.

The hearing was adjourned until 3pm to allow time for this to be done.

Judge to rule on mafia boss bail after London arrest

A wanted Mafia boss found living in suburbia could walk free today over legal problems with the warrant for his arrest.

Domenico Rancadore, 64, who is wanted by the Italian authorities, was arrested by British police at his home in Uxbridge, west London, on Wednesday under a European Arrest Warrant.

Domenico Rancadore was on the run from Italian authorities for almost two decades

The father-of-two had been living in the UK as a house husband under the alias Marc Skinner since 1993 while his wife, Anne, ran a travel agency to support the family.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon, where District Judge Quentin Purdy will decide whether he can be allowed bail.

During a short appearance at the same court yesterday, the judge said: "The warrant may be such it has to be discharged.

"There are concerns about the validity of the warrant that has come before the court.

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Police arrested mafia boss on European arrest warrant

Metropolitan Police have confirmed that Rancadore, 64, was arrested at 7pm last night by the force's extradition unit:

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service extradition unit arrested Domenico Rancadore on a European arrest warrant alleging that he has an outstanding sentence of seven years imprisonment to serve for participation in Mafia association between December 17 1987 and April 13 1995 in Palermo, Italy.

He was taken into police custody and is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

– Metropolitan Police spokesman

Report: Mafia boss led 'comfortable life' in London

The arrested mafia boss Domenico Rancadore lived a "comfortable life" in London with his wife - a former diplomat's daughter - and his two sons, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

The agency reports that Italian authorities knew of his presence in London for some time, but that earlier extradition requests had not been accepted.

Rancadore was reportedly sentenced to seven years in prison for extortion and other "serious crimes" before he went on the run in 1994.

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