Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

State-mafia prosecutor cleared to leave post, take UN job


(ANSA) - Rome, July 26 - A top prosecutor investigating
alleged negotiations between the Italian State and the mafia was
authorized to leave his post for a UN position in Guatemala on
The Italian judiciary's self-governing body CSM voted to
allow Antonio Ingroia, a deputy chief prosecutor in Palermo, to
accept a 12-month appointment to the UN Commission Against
Impunity in Guatemala, heading up the anti-narcotics
investigation unit.
The vote was split amid controversy surrounding Ingroia's
ongoing investigation into suspicions that high-ranking
politicians entered negotiations with Cosa Nostra in a bid to
stop a series of bomb attacks that claimed the lives of
anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
The probe recently drew the intervention of President
Giorgio Napolitano over concerns that Palermo prosecutors had
surpassed their powers by wiretapping conversations between the
head of state's legal advisor and former Senate speaker Nicola
The prosecutors had allegedly failed to comply with the
legal obligation to immediately destroy the recordings.
Napolitano has appealed to the Constitutional Court on the
grounds that the constitution forbids investigating the head of
state unless he is suspected of high treason or attacking the
constitution itself.
Ingroia's office has also been at the center of an
investigation into allegations that former premier Silvio
Berlusconi was a victim of extortion by his former aide Marcello
Dell'Utri, a senator in the ex-premier's People of Freedom
Dell'Utri is set to have a retrial after receiving a
seven-year jail sentence for allegedly helping the mafia.
But in its explanation of its decision to order a retrial,
the Palermo court said there was evidence that Dell'Utri had
acted as an intermediary with the mafia for Berlusconi, handing
out "substantial sums" of money for protection.

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