Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Mafia member Mangano a hero, says Dell'Utri

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Rome, September 6 - Late Mafia member Vittorio
Mangano remains such a personal hero to Marcello Dell'Utri that
the former Senator said Friday that he would hang a photo of
Mangano in his home.
"Mangano? For me he is still a hero, my hero, and I'll say
it forever," Dell'Utri, a former close aide of ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi told radio station La Zanzara.
"I can not deny this and would never deny it".
Dell'Utri, 71, is appealing to the supreme Court of
Cassation a seven-year sentenced imposed in March by a Palermo
court that convicted him of Mafia association.
The court found that Dell'Utri sealed "a pact of
protection" with Cosa Nostra for Berlusconi at a meeting in May
1974 - a meeting that the court said "formed the genesis of the
relationship that linked the businessman (Berlusconi) and the
Mafia with Dell'Utri's mediation".
In Italy convictions are not considered definitive until
the two-tier appeals process has been exhausted.
The March verdict was the result of a retrial after the
Cassation said Dell'Utri's legal rights were not respected in
the previous appeal.
The court ruling said Dell'Utri was the intermediary with
Cosa Nostra for the ex-premier, handing on "substantial sums" of
money for protection.
The explanation also reiterated that Berlusconi had hired
an stable manager Mangano, who died in prison in 2000, not for
his knowledge of horses but to provide protection.
Dell'Utri is the former head of the media magnate's
advertising arm who is credited with creating the three-time
premier's first party, Forza Italia, in 1993, six months before
it swept to victory in general elections.

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