Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Prosecutors say okay to lighten conditions for Mafia kingpin

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Rome, July 26 - Italy's Justice minister will have
the final word on the fate Bernardo Provenzano after prosecutors
on Friday approved lifting the strict prison conditions over the
ageing Mafia boss.
Prosecutors from Palermo, Caltanissetta and Florence agreed
to withdraw the so-called 41-bis treatment for Italy's most
dangerous criminals imposed on Provenzano after his conviction
in the assassinations of anti-mafia prosecutors.
Their opinion will now go to the Justice minister for final
decision.
His doctors say the health of Provenzano, who has been in a
prison hospital since the beginning of June, has taken a turn
for the worse.
According to medical reports, the former Maria boss is
"alert only when stimulated...has limited speech and altered
states of consciousness".
Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano's
jailing under the 41-bis treatment meant he could be kept in
single-person cells in maximum-security jails, almost entirely
cut off from the outside world in order to prevent further
criminal activity.
The ex-Mafia chieftain, once nicknamed "The Bulldozer", is
serving life for various murders including ordering fatal bomb
attacks on anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo
Borsellino in 1992.

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