Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

President has 'nothing to hide' over state-mafia negotiation


(ANSA) - Rome, July 20 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano said Friday he had nothing to hide after asking the
Constitutional Court to intervene in prosectors' handling of a
probe into alleged State-mafia negotiations in the early 1990s.
On Monday Napolitano turned to the court, arguing Palermo
magistrates had surpassed their powers by wiretapping the
conversations of his legal advisor during their investigations
and failing to destroy them afterwards, as the Constitution
Antonio Di Pietro, the leader of the small anti-graft party
Italy of Values and a former magistrate, blasted the move,
suggesting the head of state was hampering the investigators'
attempts to get to the bottom of a dark part of Italy's history.
The prosecutors are looking at suspicions that high-ranking
politicians entered negotiations with Cosa Nostra to stop a
series of bomb attacks that claimed the lives of anti-Mafia
judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
But Napolitano on Friday reiterated his argument that the
powers of the Italian president would be diminished for future
holders of the office if he accepted the conduct of the
"I don't have anything to hide, but I do have a principle
to defend," Napolitano said.
"It is about the head of state's basic guarantee of privacy
and liberty to carry out the office's functions".
Napolitano himself has recently been linked in media
reports to investigations into alleged state-mafia negotiations.
The head of state said last month that there was no truth
behind the reports and argued he was the victim of a "campaign
of insinuations and suspicion".

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