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Mafia fugitive Rancadore wins extradition battle

Mafia fugitive Domenico Rancadore, 65, has won his battle against extradition back to Italy. Rancadore was accused of fleeing Italy as he faced trial over his alleged role as a "man of honour" in the Cosa Nostra group.

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Lawyer: Mafia boss has 'led blame-free existence'

Domenico Rancadore has a serious heart condition which would have made prison "very difficult for him", his solicitor says Credit: Reuters

Mafia fugitive Domenico Rancadore has been "misrepresented by the press", his solicitor said following his victory in a battle against extradition.

In a statement, Karen Totner said: "He made a deliberate decision 20 years ago to walk away from the Mafia and all that is associated with it.

"He has led a blame-free existence in the United Kingdom where he has resided peacefully with his wife and family."

She added: "I suspect that this case is not yet over but I hope that this judgment is an indication of a successful final outcome."

Speaking outside court, Ms Totner added that Mr Rancadore has a "serious heart condition so being in prison is very difficult for him".

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