Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Italian president defends moving wiretapping case


(ANSA) - Scandicci, October 15 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Monday tried to set the record straight on why he
appealed to have a wiretapping case that concerned him moved to
the Constitutional Court.
Napolitano said that "there was an attempt to mix" his
request for jurisdictional change with "the tormented path of
criminal investigations", "insinuating in the most gratuitous
way the suspicion of interference on the part of the presidency
of the Republic".
However, the jurisdictional dispute was an "obligatory
decision for whoever has sworn to parliament to observe
faithfully the Constitution", Napolitano said, and a decision
inspired by "transparency and consistency".
He added that the autonomy and independence of the judicial
system must "link" with the "compelling need for (its) reform
and renewed efficiency".
The Palermo prosecutor's office will contest the case at
the Constitutional Court brought by Napolitano over its handling
of wiretaps recorded during a probe into alleged State-Mafia
negotiations in the early 1990s.
The case centres on recorded conversations between
Napolitano and Nicola Mancino, former interior minister, senate
speaker and vice president of the Superior Council of
Magistrates, who was under investigation at the time.
The Italian president asked the Constitutional Court to
intervene, saying that magistrates overstepped their powers by
wiretapping the conversations and failing to destroy them
afterwards, as the Constitution mandates.
The documents presented by the Palermo magistrates office
on Friday contain records of four recorded conversations between
Mancino and Napolitano between November 2011 and May 2012.
The office defended itself in a submission to the
Constitutional Court, saying that the president would have the
"inviolable" status of the "sovereign in a monarchy" if he were
to enjoy "absolute immunity".
Police did not transcribe the conversations, the
prosecutors said.
The case is due to be heard on December 4.

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