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British father, 54, is arrested at gunpoint after bungling Dutch police thought he was a Mafia boss

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British father, 54, from Liverpool is arrested at gunpoint when clumsy Dutch police broke into the restaurant and blindfolded him after he thought he was an Italian mob boss

  • Mark L, 54, was robbed by the police in a restaurant in the Netherlands last Wednesday
  • Then they blindfolded him before taking him to the maximum security prison
  • The father was finally released on Saturday and the police admitted guilt
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A British father from Liverpool has been arrested at gunpoint by police in the Netherlands who thought he was a mob boss.

The 54-year-old father, identified only as Mark L, was in the country to watch the Dutch Grand Prix when police ambushed him in a restaurant last Wednesday.

They then blindfolded him before taking him to a maximum-security prison.

Officers believed the Liverpudlian was Sicilian mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro, 59, who is wanted for 1993 bombings that killed 10 people and injured 93.

Officers were convinced that Liverpudlian Mark L was Sicilian mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro, 59, who is wanted for 1993 bombings that killed 10 people and injured 93.

The 54-year-old father, identified only as Mark L, was in the country to watch the Dutch Grand Prix when police ambushed him in a restaurant last Wednesday.  Pictured: Matteo Messina Denaro

The 54-year-old father, identified only as Mark L, was in the country to watch the Dutch Grand Prix when police ambushed him in a restaurant last Wednesday. Pictured: Matteo Messina Denaro

Mark L was eventually released on Saturday and police admitted they made a mistake in arresting him.

His lawyer, Van Kleef, told the local news that the mirror: ‘I would fall off my chair if this were Italy’s most wanted gangster.

“The moment he opened his mouth, I heard his English accent. Imagine having a bite to eat one moment and being in a high-security Dutch prison the next.’

Denaro was sentenced to life in absentia in May 2002 for his role in the 1993 bombings that killed eight people, including two prosecutors and injured 93.

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