Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Democratic Party welcomes Grasso as candidate


Rome, December 28 - The Democratic Party is
welcoming outgoing national anti-mafia prosecutor Piero Grasso
as a candidate in February's election, party leader Pier Luigi
Bersani announced Friday.
"We chose to put two words - morality and work - before the
legislature and the rule of law as a top priority for our
country," said Bersani, whose party is currently leading polls,
after meeting with Grasso.
The participation of Grasso - who announced his resignation
from the judiciary Thursday - would help drive a "civic
resurgence", Bersani said, while Grasso urged a "gradual
revolution" of the justice system.
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 had 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 Giovanni Falcone and
Paolo Borsellino and, a year later, attacked cultural and
religious targets in Rome and Milan.
Grasso is the second anti-mafia prosecutor planning to run
for office following an announcement by ex-Palermo prosecutor
Antonio Ingroia last week saying he will lead leftist
representatives of civil society.

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