Extradition hearing for alleged mafia boss arrested in London

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.

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Fugitive mafia boss fights Italy extradition

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.

Old photo of Domenico Rancadore released by the Metropolitan Police following his arrest last year Credit: Metropolitan Police

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.

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