Saturday, April 28, 2012

Gianfranco Techegne Arrested Outside Scotland Yard after being on the Run Since 1982

A mafia man convicted of killing an Italian policeman, and who has been on the run for 30 years, has been arrested in London - directly opposite Scotland Yard.

Italian authorities have been trying to detain Gianfranco Techegne since 1982 when he is suspected of murdering a police officer in Naples.

The Metropolitan Police said he was caught on Tuesday after being identified in a post office across the road from their headquarters.

"Acting on intelligence, detectives from the MPS Extradition Unit spotted Gianfranco Techegne, casually queuing up in the post office in Broadway, SW1," a police spokesman said.

Mr Techegne has a daughter in London with a Bolivian woman he married while on the run, authorities in Naples said.

Italian prosecutors claim Mr Techegne shot police officer Vincenzo Truocchio who attempted to tackle him and two accomplices as they carried out a raid in the centre of the Italian city.

The policeman died in hospital from his injuries nine days later and was posthumously awarded a bravery award. Read More