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Leonardo Messina

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Date of Birth September 22, 1955
Age 67 years, 3 months, 0 days
Place of Birth San Cataldo, Sicily
Country Italy
Profession Pentito
Horoscope Capricorn

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Leonardo Messina is a famous Pentito, born on September 22, 1955 in Italy. As of December 2022, Leonardo Messina’s net worth is $5 Million. In 1984 he was arrested again for the killing of a drug dealer. He stayed in prison until 1989. After his release, he organized a drug trafficking ring for Giuseppe Madonia that covered several region in Italy. Madonia, in the meantime, had become the representative of the province of Caltanissetta in the Interprovincional Commission of Cosa Nostra.

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Leonardo Messina Biography

Leonardo “Narduzzo” Messina (b. San Cataldo, September 22, 1955) is a former Sicilian mafioso who became a government informant or “pentito” in 1992. His testimony led to the arrest of over 200 mafiosi during the so-called “Operation Leopard” (Italian: Operazione Leopardo). Messina has implicated several politicians and government officials with ties to Sicilian Mafia, in particular Giulio Andreotti, seven times Prime Minister for Italy. The Mafia felt betrayed by Salvo Lima and Andreotti. In their opinion they had failed to block the confirmation of the sentence of the Maxi Trial by the Italian Supreme Court in January 1992, which upheld the Buscetta theorem. Many Mafia bosses were condemned to life in prison and Cosa Nostra reacted furiously. In March 1992, they killed Lima and in May Mafia killers blew up Giovanni Falcone, his wife, and three bodyguards. In July, a second car bomb killed Falcone’s colleague and close friend Paolo Borsellino, along with five bodyguards..

Messina also revealed that Cosa Nostra was in the midst of a profound internal crisis around 1990. Life within the organisation had become an intolerable nightmare under the reign of terror instituted by the Corleonesi under the leadership of Totò Riina. Murder had become institutionalised instead of a measure that had to be used sparingly and rationally.

Messina started to collaborate on June 30, 1992 and was a goldmine of information to Falcone’s colleague Paolo Borsellino, especially about the workings of the Mafia in central and southern Sicily. He talked about a rival mafia-like organisation in Sicily, the Stidda. It was composed originally of mafiosi who had left the organisation during the Second Mafia War of the early 1980s. The new group was particularly strong in southern Sicily around the towns of Agrigento, Caltanissetta and Gela. As a result of his declarations 203 arrest warrants were issued on November 17, 1992, in the so-called “Operation Leopard” (Operazione Leopardo). At that time the Mafia had killed Borsellino as well.

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Messina was arrested in April 1992 and decided to become a government informant (pentito). He was the first mafioso to start collaborating after the Capaci massacre in which judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three men of his police escort were killed. He said he was moved by emotional appeal of Rosaria Schifani – the widow of one the police escorts of Falcone – against the Mafia.

Leonardo Messina Net Worth

Leonardo is one of the richest Pentito & listed on most popular Pentito. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Leonardo Messina's net worth $5 Million.

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He left elementary school and became involved in burglary. He was imprisoned several times. In April 1982 after serving four years for armed robbery he eventually became a “man of honour” in the local Mafia family of San Cataldo. Messina became a close friend of Giuseppe Madonia, the boss of Vallelunga – one of the most important Mafia families in the province of Caltanissetta and an ally of the Corleonesi.

Messina was arrested in April 1992 and decided to become a government informant (pentito). He was the first mafioso to start collaborating after the Capaci massacre in which judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three men of his police escort were killed. He said he was moved by emotional appeal of Rosaria Schifani – the widow of one the police escorts of Falcone – against the Mafia.

Perhaps Messina’s most devastating revelations were about the relations between Cosa Nostra and Italian politics. He was the first pentito to name Giulio Andreotti as the ultimate point of reference of a chain of political exchanges that should have adjusted the sentence of the Maxi Trial that had established Cosa Nostra a single hierarchical organisation ruled by a Commission and that its leaders could be held responsible for criminal acts that were committed to benefit the organisation (the so-called Buscetta theorem). The Mafia counted on judge Corrado Carnevale of the Supreme Court to modify the sentence. And Salvo Lima – Andreotti’s pro-consul on Sicily – “acted as the liaison with (…) Andreotti for the needs of the Sicilian Mafia,” said Messina.

An important part of Messina’s testimony was information on how the Mafia maintained its grip on construction and public-sector contracts in Sicily, which some experts suggest is the Sicilian Mafia’s greatest source of income. He revealed the identity of Totò Riina’s “minister of public works” Angelo Siino – a businessman who oversaw the Mafia’s public-sector contracts, collected the bribes, met the entrepreneurs and politicians, made the threats and, if necessary, ordered the killings.

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Leonardo Ranked on the list of most popular Pentito. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in Italy. Leonardo Messina celebrates birthday on September 22 of every year.

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