Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Ingroia says he won't have the option to return to judiciary


Rome, June 19 - Ex-anti-mafia prosecutor Antonio
Ingroia said Wednesday that despite reports to the contrary, his
career as a magistrate is finished.
Some media reports suggested that he could return within
two years, but the law says otherwise, Ingroia said in a
"My farewell to the judiciary is therefore to be considered
Earlier in the day, Ingroia's boss suggested otherwise.
The chief prosecutor in the northwestern city of Aosta,
Marilinda Meneccia, said the Ingroia refused to resign but
instead simply chose to stop working as a State attorney.
The decision effectively suspended him from the post yet
implied that Ingroia would be declared out of the judiciary but
could eventually ask to return to work as a magistrate.
Ingroia sparked allegations of political bias in the
judiciary when he went into politics last December.
After his disappointing foray into politics in February's
general elections, Ingroia clashed with the judiciary's
self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) in
April following its decision to appoint him as deputy prosecutor
in Aosta.
The surrounding region, Val d'Aosta, is the only one in
which Ingroia did not stand for elected office with his
left-wing Civil Revolution party when he stepped aside from his
role as magistrate to run in general elections.
Ingroia, previously an anti-mafia prosecutor in Palermo,
said at the time the CSM's decision to post him in Aosta was a
'punishment' for entering politics.
Earlier this month Menneccia initiated action against
Ingroia in Italy's supreme Cassation Court, alleging he
continued to pursue his political interests longer than
The prosecutor had been allowed to take a temporary leave
from office to campaign for election but allegedly continued in
politics even after his party folded following its debacle in
the national vote.
On Wednesday Ingroia said leaving his work as a prosecutor
was a "much-suffered and difficult decision", adding however
that he could not continue to "suffer discrimination from
politicians in the CSM".

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