Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Antimafia prosecutor Pierluigi Vigna dies at 79

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 28 - Italy's former national
antimafia prosecutor Pierluigi Vigna died in a Florence clinic
at the age of 79, family members said on Friday.
Vigna worked for the country's magistrature since 1959
and, before becoming the antimafia chief in November 1996, spent
most of his career in Florence, becoming head of the
prosecutor's office there in 1991.
Speaking at a conference in 2004 on ways to attack the
assets of organised crime, Vigna said that he had "always
enjoyed" his job.
Vigna retired in August 2005, but said at the time that he
would have "happily stayed on".
The Tuscan magistrate actively sought to deter and stamp
out infiltration by mafia into areas like human trafficking, the
so-called Eco-mafia and contract dealings for plans to build a
bridge linking Sicily to the mainland that he said were "fertile
territory" for the crime syndicates.
Head of the National Association of Mayors (ANCI) Giuseppe
Cicala said that Vigna was a figure "that gave so much to the
country with his straightforward Tuscan character that allowed
him to say things in a simple and clear manner, even in the most
dramatic of moments. He takes with him a piece of history of the
struggle against the mafia in Calabria, Sicily and all of
Italy".
"He was an extraordinary magistrate who knew how to
respect defendants' rights during questioning in an era that was
extremely difficult for the country," Justice Minister Paola
Severino said.

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