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Mafia Boss Rancadore Remanded In Custody
Mafia boss Domenico Rancadore, who was found living a quiet life in London after 20 years on the run, has been arrested on a new warrant and remanded in custody.
The 64-year-old, who faces a seven-year jail sentence in Italy, was refused bail during a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
The warrant for his arrest was re-issued after a judge raised concerns about the document used to bring him before the court.
Rancadore was originally detained by British police at his suburban home in Uxbridge, west London, under a European arrest warrant.
The father of two had been living in the UK as a househusband under the alias Marc Skinner since 1993 while his wife Anne ran a travel agency to support the family.
Rancadore was one of Italy's most wanted criminals and had been sentenced to seven years in jail in his absence for Mafia association.
He was head of a crime family involved in extortion, racketeering and drug trafficking, according to Italian police.
Westminster Magistrates' Court heard he was "a man of honour" in the Cosa Nostra, controlling Trabia, near Palermo in Sicily.
Rancadore tried to flee through the back door of his home in Manor Waye when police arrived at his house, but came face to face with a waiting detective constable.
He initially gave police his false name - Skinner is his wife's maiden name - but eventually came clean.
The former teacher - nicknamed "u profissuri" (the teacher) - blew kisses to his wife and daughter during his court appearance in London.
His lawyer told the court he had lived "a blameless life" since coming to Britain in 1993.
Rancadore is facing prison for being part of a criminal organisation between 1987 and 1995.
Neighbours of Rancadore's have said they are shocked at his arrest.
Joan Hills, 76, who lives in the same street in Uxbridge, said: "I know him very well and he's one of the best neighbours you could ever have.
"They have been here for years. I've seen the children grow up with my children."
The case has been adjourned until August 22.