Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Grasso criticizes 'divisive' arguments on mafia sentences

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Palermo, May 23 - Arguments about punishment for
mafia collusion are divisive and unnecessary, the Speaker of the
Senate said Thursday.
Pietro Grasso spoke during ceremonies to mark the 21st
anniversary of the assassination of anti-Mafia prosecutor
Giovanni Falcone near Palermo.
"The only possible division in the fight against corruption
is the one between the honest and corrupt," said Grasso.
The issue hit the headlines this week when a Senator allied
with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL)
party briefly tabled a bill that would drastically reduce the
penalties for mafia collusion.
Amid an immediate outcry, the bill was withdrawn.
"It was such an unpresentable bill that it was withdrawn
immediately," said Grasso earlier in the day. "Shame brought
that bill down. I hope they don't repropose it".
Falcone was killed along with his wife and three bodyguards
on May 23, 1992, when a bomb exploded on the Trapani-Palermo
highway near Capaci in Sicily.
Two months later, his friend and anti-Mafia partner Paolo
Borsellino was killed by the Mafia in a car bomb attack in
Palermo, which left five of his bodyguards dead and 20 people
injured.
Grasso added that it was important that citizens see their
politicians working together for justice, in order to maintain
confidence in government institutions.
"The State must be and appear to be strong, serious and
credible".

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