Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Provenzano plea to escape top-security regime turned down

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Palermo, April 15 - Justice Minister Paola Severino
on Tuesday turned down a plea from former Cosa Nostra head
Bernardo Provenzano to remove him from a top-security prison
regime due to his declining health.
"Having examined the documentation presented by the
lawyers, I feel it (the request) is not warranted," Severino
said.
The lawyers argued that Provenzano's failing mental and
physical health no longer made him a risk.
Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano has
been subjected to the so-called 41-bis treatment for Italy's
most dangerous criminals.
They can be kept in single-person cells in maximum-security
jails, almost entirely cut off from the outside world in order
to prevent further criminal activity.
The ex-mafia chieftain, once nicknamed 'The Bulldozer',
is serving life for various murders including ordering fatal
bomb attacks on anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and
Paolo Borsellino in 1992.

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