Provenzano bid to get out of tough jail regime fails
Ex-Cosa Nostra chief will have to stay in '41-bis'16 October, 14:48
Provenzano, 80, who is suffering from Parkinson's and related disorders, will have to stay in isolation and observe other strict provisions of a law known as 41-bis.
The former boss was appealing an April ruling by then justice minister Paola Severino.
Provenzano's lawyers, who have said they may now appeal to a European court, have argued that Provenzano's failing mental and physical health no longer made him a risk.
But prosecutors said he was still able to pull some strings despite his ill health.
Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano has been subjected to the 41-bis treatment for Italy's most dangerous criminals ever since.
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' because of the way he "mowed down" rivals, is serving life for various murders including ordering fatal bomb attacks on anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.