A fugitive wanted in Italy for several gruesome kidnappings was captured in Australia after he tried to enter the country with a large amount of undeclared cash, police said Wednesday.

Giovanni Farina will be held in custody until his next court appearance on Sept. 30. Australian police said Italy has begun extradition proceedings.Farina is accused of masterminding the kidnappings of wealthy business people whose ears were chopped off when ransom money was not paid in time.