Provenzano deemed too ill for hearings
Trial postponed to January because Mafia boss too ill09 October, 17:07
His lawyers say that Provenzano is too ill to participate in the hearings into negotiations that reportedly occurred during the 1990s between the national government and the mafia.
The matter has been postponed to Jan. 29 for re-evaluation.
The complex case regards an investigation into suspicions that high-ranking politicians and police negotiated with Cosa Nostra to try to stop a series of bomb attacks that claimed the lives of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano has been subjected to the so-called 41-bis treatment for Italy's most dangerous criminals.
They can be kept in single-person cells in maximum-security jails, almost entirely cut off from the outside world in order to prevent further criminal activity.
The ex-mafia chieftain, once nicknamed "The Bulldozer", is serving life for various murders including ordering fatal bomb attacks in Palermo on Falcone and Borsellino in 1992.
Provenzano has been fighting for a transfer from the top-security prison regime due to his declining health.
However, his requests have been rejected.
Prosecutors continue to argue that Provenzano is still well enough to issue orders to mafia members outside prison.
His family disagrees.
They are also planning to take their request to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.