Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Prosecutors request 12 be indicted in State-mafia case

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(ANSA) - Palermo, July 24 - Former Senate speaker and
interior minister Nicola Mancino is one of 12 people facing a
possible trial in connection with alleged State-mafia
negotiations in the early 1990s following a request by Palermo
prosecutors for him to be indicted on Tuesday.
Other suspects include the former minister Calogero Mannino,
Massimo Ciancimino, the son of late Palermo mayor Vito
Cinacimino, mafia bosses Toto' Riina, Giovanni Brusca, Nino
Cina', Leoluca Bagarella and Bernardo Provenzano, top current or
former police officers Mario Mori, Giuseppe De Donno and Antonio
Subranni, and senator and former Berlusconi aide Marcello
Dell'Utri.
The suspects must answer to various charges of violence or
threats to the political body of the State and mafia
association.
Mancino is accused of false testimony to prosecutors
investigating the case and Ciancimino of mafia association and
slander.
"I prefer to be judged by a third party," said Mancino
after being served notice of the charges.
"I will demonstrate that I have nothing to do with the
charges of false testimony against me and my loyalty to the
State".
The investigations into 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 recently
drew the intervention of President of the Republic Giorgio
Napolitano over concerns that Palermo prosecutors had surpassed
their powers by wiretapping conversations between Mancino and
the head of state's legal advisor.
The prosecutors had allegedly failed to comply with the
obligation to immediately destroy the recordings, allowing them
to enter the public domain.ßß
Napolitano's office said in aßstatement that he had appealed
to the Constitutional Court even though the wiretapping had been
"indirect" as the Italian Constitution forbids prosecutors from
investigating the head ofßstateßunless he is suspected of high
treason or attacking the constitution itself.
The powers of the Italian president would be diminished for
future holders of the office if Napolitano accepted the conduct
of the prosecutors, the statement said.

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