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Florence ruling 'forced judge to release Mafia boss'

A court sketch of Domenico Rancadore
A court sketch of Domenico Rancadore Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

A judge has said his decision to allow Mafia boss Domenico Rancadore to walk free in Britain was made because of a similar ruling in Italy.

In an original draft of his decision, Mr Riddle said he included that he was satisfied the European Arrest Warrant was valid.

However, the judge said he was forced to reverse his decision following the ruling in a similar case involving the Court of Florence and Hayle Abdi Badre.

Mr Riddle said: "The judgment of the administrative court is binding on me [...] I cannot distinguish this case from Badre."

Mafia boss evaded Italian authorities for 20 years

Domenico Rancadore, known as The Professor, was arrested after evading Italian authorities for 20 years.

The former Mafia fugitive was accused of fleeing Italy as he faced trial over his alleged role as a "man of honour" in the Cosa Nostra group.

He was convicted in 1999 of Mafia association and extortion in Trabia, near Palermo, and is wanted to serve a seven-year jail sentence.

The decision by senior district judge Howard Ribble to allow Mr Rancadore to walk free marks a dramatic turnaround, as the same judge had previously agreed to extradite him.

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New Italian PM: 'We are Italy, we will succeed'

Matteo Renzi has tweeted to thank his followers for their support, the new Italian prime minister said: "Thanks for your messages. Tough and difficult task. But we are Italy, we will succeed. A commitment: to remain ourselves, free and simple."

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Grazie per i messaggi. Compito tosto e difficile. Ma siamo l'Italia, ce la faremo. Un impegno: rimanere noi stessi, liberi e semplici.

Matteo Renzi sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister

Matteo Renzi taking the oath of office.
Matteo Renzi taking the oath of office.

Matteo Renzi, 39, has been sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister ever.

The centre-left Democratic Party leader unveiled his government yesterday and said the broad coalition will bring hope to the economically stagnant country.

Matteo Renzi taking the oath of office.
Matteo Renzi taking the oath of office.
Matteo Renzi.
Matteo Renzi.

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Italy to swear in its youngest ever prime minister

Matteo Renzi, 39, will be sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister ever today.

Matteo Renzi will be sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister ever today Credit: Reuters

The centre-left Democratic Party leader unveiled his government yesterday and said the broad coalition will bring hope to the economically stagnant country.

Watch: Italy set to swear in youngest leader in history

After formally accepting the mandate to form the government, Mr Renzi said he will waste no time in enacting reform.

"We aim tomorrow morning to immediately do the things that need to get done," he said.

Italy set to swear in youngest leader in history

Within weeks of being elected as leader of Italy's most powerful political organisation, the centre-left Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi is set to become the country's Prime Minister.

Despite not even being an MP, The Mayor of Florence has been asked to form Italy's next government and is claiming a mandate to enact an ambitious series of reforms.

After almost no reform in Italy for a decade, Renzi is promising constitutional reform by the end of February, jobs reform in March, public administration reform in April and tax reform in May.

Is he the start of a brave new era in Italian politics? ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

Florence Mayor Renzi asked to form Italy's government

The centre-left leader Matteo Renzi is being tasked with forming a government fit to tackle Italy's troubled economy. Credit: Reuters

Italy's president has asked 39-year-old Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi to try to form the country's next government after the resignation of Enrico Letta, the Associated Press has reported.

Mr Letta stepped down as Italy's prime minister on Friday a day after the national committee of his Democratic party (PD) switched allegiance to Mr Renzo.

President Giorgio Napolitano has tasked Mr Renzo with forming an administration without the nation returning to the polls. He stands to become Italy's youngest prime minister in modern history.

Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns

Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

Italy's prime minister, Enrico Letta, has resigned
Italy's prime minister, Enrico Letta, has resigned Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/Press Association Images

Mr Napolitano is expected to start consultations this afternoon to consider his replacement.

Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, is widely expected to receive a mandate from the president to form a government.

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