A suspected and wanted Italian mafia boss told an Italian newspaper this week that he is more than happy with his new life in Majorca and has no intention of returning to Italy as he fears he will be thrown in jail. Giovannello Greco, aged 44, wanted by the Italian courts, claims he is innocent and will never leave the island where he lives with his three children and earns a living as a fisherman. Greco apparently stands accused of a number of crimes and, in his absence, has been tried in Italy and sentenced to serve 27 years in jail. Included in the charges against the alleged former mafia boss are two for murdering other mafia bosses and he still faces an extradition battle. He was arrested by the Spanish police in 1997, but was released on bail in April last year. Greco has lived in Spain since 1981 and is now on conditional release and has to present himself to a Manacor judge near where he lives every day. In the interview with La Repubblica Greco said that he is more than prepared to co-operate with the Italian law as a sign of his innocence, but he said he does not want to wait “in jail”. “It may seem hard to believe, but I have never been before an Italian judge,” he said. Born in Palermo, Greco is accused of having participated in the killing of two mafia bosses in 1983 and the killing of a security guard during an armed bank robbery with three other people in 1979.

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