Search for top Mafia boss centres on Marseille

8th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

ROME, June 8 (AFP) - Italian prosecutors have moved their search for Italy's most wanted man to the French port city of Marseille where they are questioning doctors who treated him for prostate cancer, Italian newspapers reported Wednesday.

ROME, June 8 (AFP) - Italian prosecutors have moved their search for Italy's most wanted man to the French port city of Marseille where they are questioning doctors who treated him for prostate cancer, Italian newspapers reported Wednesday.  

According to initial information gathered by Prosecutor Piero Grasso - who has spent years tracking Bernardo Provenzano - the top Mafia chief is now an ailing 72-year-old, 1.65 meters (5 feet 4 inches) tall and weighing 68 kilograms (149 pounds).   

The information will help authorities refine their computer-generated image of Provenzano, who has been on the run for 42 years.  

Doctors, who diagnosed and operated on Provenzano for prostate cancer in 2003, also told the Italian magistrates that Mafia boss had a scar on his neck.  

Grasso, who is under heavy police protection in Marseille, is trying to identify who helped Provenzano during his stay in the southern port city.  

Provenzano became "the boss of all bosses" in 1993 following the arrest of Toto Riina, the Mafia chief known as "The Beast," in January 1993.  

Riina is in jail for life.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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