Italy: Mafioso Messina Denaro's state of health is “serious”

Italy: Mafioso Messina Denaro's state of health is « serious»


The state of health of Italy's most famous mafioso, Matteo Messina Denaro, arrested on Monday and suffering from cancer, is “serious”, said a doctor from the Sicilian clinic where the man was arrested after 30 years on the run. 

“His state of health is serious. The disease has accelerated in recent months,” Vittori Gebbia, head of the oncology department at the Maddalena clinic in Palermo, told the daily “La Repubblica”.

Matteo Messina Denaro was operated on in 2020 then in 2022 for colon cancer.

“I would not say that he is a patient in good health”, added Mr. Gebbia, questioned by the journalist on the comments of the prosecutor Paolo Guido who had declared during the arrest to have found a man “in good health”.

Doctor Gebbia also specified that the carabinieri who arrested Matteo Messina Denaro were attentive to his state of health.

“The Carabinieri asked me if delaying the chemotherapy cycle he should have had for a few days would have any consequences and I signed the authorization because such a slight delay will have no effect on his state of health,” he assured.

After his arrest in Palermo, Matteo Messina Denaro was transferred to a high-security prison. safety in L'Aquila, Abruzzo.

He is being held in solitary confinement and according to the daily “Corriere della Sera” he will be taken to undergo the chemotherapy treatment at San Salvatore Hospital of L'Aquila which has a unit reserved for this type of prisoners.