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Indictments requested for 11 in State-Mafia talks case


Palermo, January 10 - A prosecutor in Palermo
requested on Thursday that charges be brought against 11
defendants in a probe into alleged negotiations between the
Mafia and the Italian State in the early 1990s, including
notorious Mafia bosses, ex-anti-Mafia police officers and
current members of parliament.
It has been suggested that State officials entered
negotiations with Cosa Nostra in a bid to stop attacks after a
long campaign of violence that culminated in two bombings in
1992 which killed anti-Mob prosecutor Giovanni Falcone, his
wife, fellow prosecutor Paolo Borsellino, and several
In a preliminary Palermo court hearing on Thursday morning,
prosecutor Nino Di Matteo asked a judge to bring charges against
nine defendants for violence and threats against the State.
Di Matteo cited Mafia bosses Leoluca Bagarella, Toto'
Riina, Giovanni Brusca and Nino Cina'.
Riina is currently serving multiple life-sentences after
leading the Corleonesi faction to the top of the Sicilian Mafia,
waging a ruthless campaign of violence against rival mobsters
and the Italian State in the 1980s and early 1990s.
In the wake of the 1992 bombings, Riina is said to have made
a list of demands for the Italian State, the so-called
On Wednesday, the chief of Italy's anti-mafia
parliamentary commission, Beppe Pisanu, reported that the State
did not heed the Mafia demands, however a "partial, tacit
understanding" rather than "negotiations" did take place between
State law enforcement and the Sicilian Cosa Nostra Mafia in the
early 1990s.
Bagarella, who is believed to have been one of Riina's
successors and is also in prison serving a life-sentence for
several murders, denies ever having had contact with
"politicians of any sort".
Senator Marcello Dell'Utri, who has worked closely with
Berlusconi since the 1970s and helped found the ex-premier's
Forza Italia political party in 1993, was also cited on Thursday
in Palermo, as was ex-minister and current parliament member
Calogero Mannino.
Mannino requested to be given a fast-track trial, which
would shorten the penalty by a third if found guilty.
Di Matteo also asked to indict three ex-officers in the
anti-Mafia police: Antonio Subranni, Mario Mori and Giuseppe De
Di Matteo asked for charges of false testimony for Nicola
Mancino, who served as interior minister from 28 June 1992 to 19
April 1994.
The prosecutor requested charges of Mafia association for
Massimo Ciancimino, son of former Palermo mayor Vito Ciancimino,
the first Italian politician to be convicted of Mafia
membership, a year before his death in 2002.

photo: Riina's arrest in January 1993

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