Provenzano mentally unfit for trial

Ex-Mafia boss of bosses reported in serious condition

(ANSA) - Palermo, November 10 - Ex-Mafia boss of bosses Bernardo Provenzano is unfit to stand trial, a court ruled on Monday after a medical check-up established his health had deteriorated.
    Provenzano, 81, is on trial in Palermo on charges of extortion against a firm in Agrigento.
    The trial was suspended and adjourned to June 2015 when a new check-up will determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.
    Provenzano is suffering from Parkinson's and related disorders.
    The former Cosa Nostra chief was rushed to hospital earlier this year after he suffered from neurological problems shortly after he was transferred from Parma to Milan's Opera prison.
    Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano has been subjected to the 41-bis treatment for Italy's most dangerous criminals.
    The ex-mafia chief, once nicknamed the 'Bulldozer' because of the way he "mowed down" rivals, is serving life for several murders including ordering fatal bomb attacks on anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
   

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