Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Anti-mafia prosecutor to campaign for election


Rome, December 27 - Italian anti-mafia prosecutor
Piero Grasso said Thursday that he wants to throw his hat into
the political ring.
Grasso said he hopes to stand as a candidate with the
center-left Democratic Party (PD) under Pier Luigi Bersani.
But first, his application for a leave of absence from his
job must be approved by judicial authorities, a decision
expected in early January.
Grasso and Bersani are expected to answer questions at a
news conference scheduled for Friday morning.
Grasso is the second anti-mafia prosecutor with hopes to
run for office following an announcement by ex-Palermo
prosecutor Antonio Ingroia last week saying that he will lead a
coalition of centrist parties.
Formerly Palermo Chief Prosecutor, Grasso was named head of
Italy's Anti-Mafia operations in 2005 replacing Pier Luigi
As Palermo prosecutor, Grasso tracked down a string of
top mobsters and moved ever closer to the biggest catch of
all, Bernardo Provenzano, a fugitive who has been running the
Mafia for most of his 42 years in hiding.
Grasso worked on anti-Mafia cases in the early '90s and
coordinated investigations into the 1992 bombs that murdered
Italy's top two anti-Mafia invesigators and, a year later,
attacked cultural and religious targets in Rome and Milan.

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