Matteo Messina Denaro born 26 April 1962, also known as Diabolik is a Sicilian Mafia boss.
After Bernardo Provenzano's arrest on April 11, 2006, he was regarded as one of the new mob bosses in Sicily.
In 2010, Forbes listed Messina Denaro as one of the top ten most wanted and dangerous criminals in the world.
Messina Denaro first appeared on the most wanted list in 1993.
He was apprehended on January 16, 2023, in a private clinic in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, after 30 years on the lam.
Messina Denaro was taken into custody at the private clinic in Palermo by more than 100 members of the armed forces.
Messina was undergoing cancer treatment (reportedly going to a clinic under an assumed name for chemotherapy).
According to Italian media, Messina Denaro was apprehended just before 10:00 (CET) and brought by the Carabinieri to a secure facility.
"A fantastic triumph for the state, which illustrates that it does not give up in the face of the Mafia," wrote Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in a tweet.
Messina Denaro was given several life terms in absentia for his numerous crimes and is believed to have directed scores of murders connected to the Mafia.