Police in the Netherlands pointed a weapon at a Liverpool Formula 1 fan and arrested him because they thought he was the head of an Italian criminal group.
They were convinced that 54-year-old Mark L. was actually the Sicilian boss Mateo Messina Denaro and with a blindfold they took him to The Hague.
The man, who came to the country to watch the race for the Dutch Grand Prix on September 5, was later released, public prosecutors said.
A 59-year-old warrant has been issued for Denar for a 1993 bombing that killed 10 people and injured 93 others.
Mark L. had lunch with his son in a restaurant, and then the police broke in with a European arrest warrant issued by the Italian authorities.
“Everything looked like a bad movie and a nightmare my client was in,” said Leon van Cliff, Mark L.’s lawyer.
“Imagine eating a meal at one point and sitting in a Dutch prison with maximum security the next,” he recounts.
His client was “angry and in disbelief, and he laughed because this was really absurd.”
“He is an ordinary Formula 1 fan and it was clear from the start that he is not a mafia boss.
“It would be really ingenious for an Italian to imitate a strong Liverpool accent like this,” said Van Cliff.
„The boss of all bosses„
Mark L. claimed that he was an English citizen and that he was not guilty of what he was accused of, said the representative of the Dutch public prosecutor.
An accelerated investigation showed that “the suspicions were unfounded”, she added.
“The public prosecutor issued an order for immediate release from detention at the beginning of the evening,” the public relations officer pointed out.
Denaro, who has been in hiding since 1993, is the most wanted criminal in Italy and it is believed that “an entire cemetery could be filled” with the bodies of the victims of his group.
Also known by the nickname Diabolic, which originated from a comic book thief who is impossible to catch, Denaro is also seen as the successor of two mafia bosses who are behind bars.
Police are looking for him because of 50 murders and they say that he is the “boss of all bosses” of the Sicilian mafia.
Van Cliff said Mark L. does not want to be publicly identified and will not comment on the case again.
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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