Police are still searching for Giovanni Greco, an alleged Italian Mafia capo said to be in Majorca. His extradition was authorised by the Spanish Cabinet meeting last Friday. Greco's whereabouts has been unknown since the Spanish court issued a warrant for his arrest on August 1. The warrant ordered his arrest in view of the possibility that he might try to leave Spain. Greco had been living in a house in Cala Llombards and was under the obligation of registering at the Manacor every fortnight. A judge from Palermo, Sicily, had issued a warrant in April 1995, on charges of kidnapping and murdering Salvatore Mazzolla on November 15, 1983, and Giacco Palazzolo on November 22 of the same year. The Spanish Constitutional court had halted the extradition proceedings in June because it had also been granted to cover a 30 year jail sentence for various crimes for which he was found guilty in his absence. The Constitutional Court does not allow extradition in such cases unless the country involves promises a new trial in the presence of the accused, something which Italy systematically refuses to guarantee. However, new extradition papers covering only the crimes for which he has not been tried will be accepted.

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