Mafia boss secret hideout had condoms, Viagra and well-stocked fridge

Police who captured a notoriously ruthless mafia chieftain say his hideout was packed with expensive perfumes, designer clothes, Viagra and condoms.

Cosa Nostra godfather Messina Denaro lived in a luxury flat in the small Sicilian town of Campobello di Mazara for at least six months before his capture. He had been on the run for 30 years after being place on Italy's most wanted list.

Denaro, 60, was hunted by police in connection with more than 50 murders committed during the 1990s, when mafia hitmen were waging war against judges and police chiefs.

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The mobster had evidently been living well during his years on the run, a "playboy" lifestyle with a fleet of luxury cars, a wardrobe full of Versace and Armani suits, and a collection of Rolex watches.

Italian police spokesman Fabio Bottino said: “We found expensive clothes, which show he had no money problems, and now we are checking DNA traces and looking for hiding places where he might have stashed documents”.

“Informants have talked of these documents,” he added, “and our job is to find them if they exist.”

Throughout his reign as a mafia enforcer Denaro gained a reputation as a womaniser, much to the disapproval of more conservative mafia chiefs.

Denaro's brutal tactics allowed him to become the undisputed "boss of all bosses" and the number one target for law enforcement, who he managed to evade during the three decade manhunt.

At one point, he disguised himself as a woman to avoid capture.

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His vicious crimes, which included dissolving a child in acid, as well a deadly bombing campaign, earned him the nickname “Diabolik”.

He once chillingly boasted: "I filled a cemetery all by myself.”

The crime boss is believed to have been responsible for a string of 1993 bombings in Rome, Florence and Milan that killed 10 people and injured many more.

After the murders of prominent anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, Denaro went on the run.

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He headed to Greece with his lover Maria Mesi, and in 2002 was sentenced in his absence to life imprisonment for his role in the 1993 bombing campaign.

Denaro rose to prominence within the crime syndicate after murdering rival gang boss Vincenzo Milazzo and strangling his pregnant girlfriend to death.

The Italian polices’ elite Special Operations Group dramatically captured the notorious mafia chief in a raid on private clinic in Sicily's capital Palermo where he was reportedly receiving treatment for liver cancer.

The operation reportedly involved up to 100 members of the armed forces.

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One doctor at the clinic told Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper that Denaro attended appointments wearing Yves St Laurent scarves and shirts worth over €700 (around £615).

Video of the raid showed members of the public standing in the street and applauding Italian police as the feared gang boss was led away by police.

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi lauded the capture of "an extremely dangerous fugitive" as "an extraordinary day for the state".

Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni has suggested marking the date of the gangster’s capture, January 16, as a public holiday.

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