Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
PALERMO

Experts say Mafia boss Provenzano 'not fit to testify'

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Palermo, March 4 - Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano
is not fit enough to testify at a trial into alleged
negotiations that took place some 20 years ago between the State
and Cosa Nostra, experts said Monday.
Renato Ariatti and Andrea Stracciari were appointed by the
court to assess Provenzano's fitness to take part in the
hearings into negotiations that reportedly occurred during the
1990s between the national government and the mafia.
The judge's ruling on the experts' findings is expected
Tuesday.
Provenzano, 80, is seriously ill with Parkinson's disease.
The complex case regards an investigation into 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.
Charges against Mafia chieftains range from violence or
threats to the political body of the State to mafia association.
Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano is
in declining health, which his lawyers blame on his isolation in
maximum-security jails, almost entirely cut off from the outside
world in order to prevent further criminal activity.
The ex-mafia chieftain is serving life for various murders
including ordering the fatal bomb attacks on Falcone and
Borsellino.

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