Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Grasso says he hopes to reform laws


Rome, December 28 - National anti-mafia prosecutor
Piero Grasso said Friday that he hopes that if elected in
February, he can see improvements made to Italian laws.
"Many times as a magistrate I brought ideas to politics,
but only a few of them have been put into action," said Grasso,
who has been Italy's top anti-mafia prosecutor since 2005.
Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani confirmed Friday
that Grasso will be a candidate for the Democratic Party (PD) in
elections set for February 24-25.
"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.
But political opponents complained that the Grasso-Bersani
alliance only proves the judiciary cannot be trusted to be fair.
"This Bersani-Grasso press conference today once again
shows the deep connection between the political left and the
judiciary," complained Anna Maria Bernini, a spokesperson for
the People of Freedom (PdL) political party founded by
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.
Berlusconi has frequently complained that various legal
actions against him over the years have been motivated strictly
by a judicial-led vendetta.
The participation in the PD 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.
"I'd like... a revolution of the justice system across the
board on issues of law, corruption, vote trading...and false
accounting," he said.
As Palermo's chief 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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