He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug trafficking at the first mass Mafia trial in Palermo in 1987, but was freed soon afterwards on a procedural technicality and fled. He was arrested again in February 1990, in Buenos Aires, and served three years in prison for illegal entry until his extradition on Sunday.
Gaetano Fidanzati, considered one of the top godfathers in the Sicilian Mafia, was extradited from Argentina to Italy where he was put behind bars, AFP reports from Rome. Fidanzati, 58, heads one of Italy's mafia clans said to be among the most involved in international drug trafficking. He is also said to have played a key role in the Corleone clan near Palermo in the 1980s.