"Peppe" Pesce waves to supporters
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Mafia boss Peppe Pesce gives himself up

Last week the boss of one of southern Italy's most powerful mafia dynasties sensationally handed himself in to police. BBC producer Elena Cosentino watched it happen.

Giuseppe "Peppe" Pesce walked into the Carabinieri station after informing police he was to give himself up - he had been on the run for three years.

Pesce was the head of the 'Ndrangheta, one of Italy's most powerful mafia organisations and now faces 16 years in jail.

Crowds of relatives and supporters arrived as he was escorted from the station to a police car, reflecting both his status and the organisation's power in the region.

  • 18 May 2013
  • From the section Europe