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Antonino Calderone, Sicilian Mafioso who turned state witness

Antonino Calderone, Sicilian Mafioso who turned state witness

ANSA) – Catania, January 10 – Senior mobster turned state witness Antonino Calderone, 78, has died at the secret overseas location he had been living in for years under an assumed identity, Italian Police Chief Antonio Manganelli told reporters on Thursday.

Along with  Tommaso Buscetta,  who first revealed the workings of the Sicilian Mafia Commission and Salvatore Contorno, and Francesco Marino Mannoia, Calderone helped Palermo magistrates build an accurate, sweeping picture of the inner workings of the Mafia and its relationships with entrepreneurs and politicians in eastern Sicily, where the state had been unaware of its existence until 1982.

The underboss of a Catania crime syndicate, Calderone fled to Nice, in France, following the 1978 assassination of his brother and boss, Giuseppe, which paved the way for the rise of the Ferlito and Santapaola clans

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