Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Italian president called to testify in Borsellino hearing


Caltanissetta, March 22 - Italian President
Giorgio Napolitano has been called to testify at hearings
probing the 1992 murder of anti-Mafia prosecutor Paolo
Borsellino, which opened Friday in the Sicilian city of
Napolitano is part of a long list of witnesses called to
testify regarding alleged negotiations between the Mafia and the
Italian State in the early 1990s .
Among others called to testify are former Italian Interior
Minister Nicola Mancino and ex-police chief Gianni De Gennaro.
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
The court specified that recorded conversations between
Napolitano and Mancino carried out during investigations would
not be referred to or used in court.
The Italian president has contested the recorded wiretaps
and asked the Constitutional Court in October to intervene,
saying that magistrates overstepped their powers by failing to
destroy the recordings afterwards, as the Constitution mandates.
The Constitutional Court in December ordered the tapes to
be destroyed, but plans to do so have been delayed.
The court said on Friday that the recordings are
"manifestly irrelevant" for the hearings.

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