Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
CORLEONE

Mayor of Corleone says his town no longer home for Mafia

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Corleone, January 14 - The Sicilian town of
Corleone no longer belongs to the Mafia men and women of its
past, but instead to the heroes of law and order, the mayor
announced Monday.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the arrest of Corleone
chieftain and Cosa Nostra head Toto' 'the Beast' Riina,
Leoluchina Savona said authorities sought forgiveness all of the
victims of the mafia.
"I apologize on behalf of all of Corleone, I ask
forgiveness for the blood that was paid," she said during a
ceremony that also saw a street named for a Mafia victim.
"The blood, however, has not been shed in vain... (but) as
a reminder that there is one way, only one field to choose
from".
She named a long list of Mafia victims - including
anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino
killed in separate bomb blasts in 1992 - who he said did not die
in vain.
The mayor also urged an end to mob violence.
"To the Mafia...I ask you to leave this land, and to
abandon the struggle," said Savona.
"I ask them to admit defeat, to surrender in awareness that
this earth, at last, one day it will liberated".
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.
Corleone was made famous the world over by Mafia films
such as Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather series, starring
Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.
A farming community about 60 km from Palermo, it was
the birthplace of a string of top Mafiosi including Riina and
his successor as 'capo dei capi', Bernardo 'The Bulldozer'
Provenzano, arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run.

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