Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Library theft 'incurable wound' to Naples, judge says


Naples, July 10 - The theft of an estimated 1,500
precious antique books from the Girolamini library in Naples
from 2011 until 2012 is "yet another irreparable wound to the
city of Naples, its image and culture which deals a fatal blow
to one of its extraordinary centres of excellence," according to
the motivations of Judge Egle Pilla's sentence released on
In March, Pilla convicted six people including the
ex-director of the library Marino Massimo De Caro over the theft
of the books.
De Caro was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned
from ever holding public office again.
Marcello dell'Utri, a mafia-linked former close aid of
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, was also involved in the probe.
Dell'Utri, a noted bibliophile, is suspected of having
taken possession of many of the stolen books.
Investigations began in April 2012 after media reported
that around 1,500 precious books were missing from the library,
then under the direction of De Caro, a former advisor to the
culture ministry.
The probe revealed the existence of an organized ring
dedicated to the systematic depletion of the manuscripts of the
library founded in 1586 and known particularly for its vast
collection of writings on philosophy and theology.

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