Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Wiretaps ruling risks balance of power says Ingroia

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Rome, January 15 - The powers of Italy's president
could be opened more widely by a Constitutional Court ruling in
the state-mafia case, former deputy prosecutor Antonio Ingroia
said Tuesday.
The judgement, released late in the day, could "broaden the
powers of the Head of State, thereby jeopardizing the balance of
power," warned Ingroia, who had been deputy prosecutor in
Palermo before his recent national election campaign.
Italy's Constitutional Court last month ruled that Palermo
prosecutors investigating alleged negotiations between the Mafia
and the State must destroy wiretaps of President Giorgio
Napolitano.
Ingroia, who led that investigation, added that he needed
to read the entire judgement, but said it also confirmed "the
principle of the absolute secrecy that must surround the
communications of the Head of State".
That means, he added, that only a judge and public
prosecutor could destroy wiretaps of a presidential office.
Ingroia had been closely examining suspicions that
high-ranking politicians and police negotiated with Cosa Nostra
to try to stop a series of bomb attacks that claimed the lives
of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in
1992.
Napolitano appealed to the court on the grounds that the
prosecutors had surpassed their powers by recording four
conversations he had with Nicola Mancino, a
former interior minister and senate speaker, between November
2011 and May 2012.
Napolitano argued that the Italian Constitution forbids
prosecutors from investigating the head of state unless he is
suspected of high treason or attacking the Constitution itself.

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