A new generation of clan bosses from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia is attempting to re-establish a governing committee -- the so-called Cupola or dome -- previously dismantled by Italian authorities, and they're meeting over indulgent dinners as reported by Michael Day for The Independent:
"It's no longer about small extortion rackets. The new Godfathers of Palermo, young and ambitious, need to see each other in order to reorganise Cosa Nostra, and for some time they've been organising meetings in the best restaurants in Palermo," said Salvo Palazzolo, in a report for La Repubblica. Carabinieri have filmed about 20 such gatherings in the past two years. "Food is considered a measure of their power and prestige. Around the table there are declarations of war, pacts are made, alliances agreed upon and murders are decided," added the journalist Attilio Bolzoni.
It's unclear to what extent the young bucks have been successful in re-creating the Cupola.
In 2011 Italian authorities arrested 36 people on a variety of charges including Mafia conspiracy involving an alleged attempt to reconstitute a ruling commission over the crime clans within Cosa Nostra as reported by Reuters Italia.
Italy's former chief anti-Mafia prosecutor Pietro Grasso said that since the 2006 apprehension of Bernardo Provenzano the Sicilian Mafia has been without a "boss of bosses," and all those clan bosses who once served on the Cupola are in prison as reported by ANSA. Although some believe that reputed Matteo Messina Denaro stepped into the "boss of bosses" role to oversee all the clans "Grasso said that was not the case."
Messina Denaro has been on the run since 1993, and after several of his close relatives were busted last month Italian police said "that they have never been so close as they are now to capturing" him as reported by ANSA.
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