Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Center left calls on PdL to withdraw mafia sentencing slash

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Rome, May 21 - The center left was quick to rebuff
a proposal from a Senator in Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party on Tuesday to slash the penalty for mafia
collusion.
Democratic Party (PD) MP Laura Garavini called on the
former premier's center-right PdL to withdraw Senator Giacomo
Caliendo's proposal that that would reduce the maximum possible
jail sentence for the crime of "external involvement in mafia
association" from a maximum 12 years to to five.
The bill would also remove the possibility of prison
sentences being handed to people found guilty of aiding people
involved in a mafia association if no financial advantage was
gained from this assistance.
The draft legislation would furthermore prevent prosecutors
from wiretapping the conversations of people suspected of doing
this.
"It's a question of decency," she said. "The proposal
simply aims to remove any possibility of uncovering who's
helping the mafia from the outside".
The bill comes as Marcello Dell'Utri, a former close aide
of Berlusconi's and a former PdL Senator, is appealing to the
supreme Court of Cassation against a seven-year conviction for
the crime in question.
PD Senator Nicola Latorre accused the PdL of using the bill
to create discord in the fledgling left-right coalition of
Premier Enrico Letta, a moderate from the PD.
"The sense is that the PdL is issuing proposals that they
know will profoundly divide the two parties," he said.
"I hope this isn't the case".

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