Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018

Mafia investigators must destroy Italian president wiretaps


Rome, December 5 - Italy's Constitutional Court has
ruled that Palermo prosecutors investigating alleged
negotiations between the Mafia and the State must destroy
wiretaps of President Giorgio Napolitano.
The Italian head of state appealed to the court on the
grounds that the prosecutors had surpassed their powers by
recording four conversations he had with Nicola Mancino, a
former interior minister and senate speaker, between November
2011 and May 2012.
Napolitano argued that the Italian Constitution forbids
prosecutors from investigating the head of state unless he is
suspected of high treason or attacking the Constitution itself.
The wiretaps should have have been destroyed immediately,
he said.
He also argued that the powers of the Italian president
would be diminished for future holders of the office if he
accepted the conduct of the prosecutors.
Mancino was charged along with 11 other people in July in
relation to alleged negotiations to stop a series of Cosa Nostra
bomb attacks in the early 1990s that claimed the lives of
anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992,
among other people.
Mancino is accused of perjury for saying he did not know
about the negotiations.
He denies this.

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