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Mafia villa to be police barracks

PALERMO, Italy, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A luxury villa used as a hideout by a boss in the Sicilian Mafia is being converted into a police barracks, Italian officials said.

The conversion is expected to take a year, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

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The house in Sicily where Toto Riina, known as "The Beast," lived for more than two decades as a fugitive boasts a swimming pool. He was arrested in 1993.

Teo Luzi, the provincial commander of the Carabinieri, called the police takeover of the building, which began Friday, a "highly symbolic act." Riina's victims during his criminal career included at least two magistrates.

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