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Convicted Mafia boss re-arrested in UK weeks after avoiding extradition to Italy

A convicted Mafia boss was back in custody Saturday, just a month after he avoided extradition from Britain to Italy.

Domenico Rancadore, 65, had won the right to stay in the U.K. after a judge ruled last month that he should not be extradited to Italy because overcrowding in prisons there could violate his rights.

But British police re-arrested him in London on Friday after they received a new arrest warrant request from Italy. The warrant alleges that Rancadore has an "outstanding sentence of seven years of imprisonment to serve for participation in Mafia association" from 1987 to 1995 in Sicily.

Rancadore appeared briefly Saturday at a London court, where lawyer Adam Harbinson, representing Italian authorities, described him as "one of the heads of one of the most powerful Mafia associations in Italy."

Rancadore, who moved to London in 1994, changed his name and lived a quiet life with his wife and two children until he was arrested at his home in August.

He said at a previous hearing that he came to Britain to give his children a "good life." He added that he changed his name to Marc Skinner — taking his mother-in-law's maiden name — so that he could end all ties with Sicily.

He was remanded in custody until a hearing next week.