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Alleged Mafia Figure Is Detained

May 7, 2001

MONTREAL (AP) _ An alleged Sicilian Mafia leader wanted in two 1992 killings will remain in detention for at least another month while awaiting a deportation hearing, a Canadian immigration official said Monday.

Gaetano Amodeo, 48, poses a threat to public security because there is good reason to believe he was part of a ``very well-organized criminal group,″ said Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Denise Lapointe.

``Only detention can guarantee you will be available for the duration of the investigation,″ she said.

Originally of Catolica Eraclea in Sicily, Amodeo is wanted by Italian authorities in connection with the slaying of a prominent organized crime figure and the head of a police anti-organized crime unit in 1992.

Amodeo was arrested by Canadian and Italian authorities in Canada in February. He was on the international police agency Interpol’s list of the world’s 500 most dangerous fugitives.

His next detention hearing will be June 4, when an immigration adjudicator will rule if he should remain in custody until his deportation hearing begins June 14.

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