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PALERMO

Napolitano wiretaps destroyed

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Palermo, April 22 - A judge in Palermo on Monday
destroyed wiretaps of President Giorgio Napolitano, effectively
ending a judicial clash that pitted the sanctity of the
presidency against the duties of Mafia investigators.
Italy's Constitutional Court ruled in December that Palermo
prosecutors investigating alleged negotiations between the Mafia
and the State must destroy recordings of four conversations
Napolitano 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.
The wiretaps should have have been destroyed immediately,
he said.
In its reasoning on the verdict issued Monday, the
Constitutional Court agreed, calling the recordings "a
significant wound to the Constitution".
Napolitano also argued that the powers of the Italian
president would be diminished for future holders of the office
if he accepted the conduct of the prosecutors.
Mancino was charged along with 11 other people in July in
relation to alleged negotiations to stop a series of Cosa Nostra
bomb attacks in the early 1990s that claimed the lives of
anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992,
among other people.
Mancino is accused of perjury for saying he did not know
about the negotiations.
He denies this.
On Monday Palermo Judge Riccardo Ricciardi destroyed the
wiretaps inside the Ucciardone Prison, where they had been kept
on a server.

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