Release of judge Giovanni Falcone’s killer causes revolt in Italy

“It is sad news in human terms, but it is the law, a law that my brother wanted and that must be respected”, reacted Maria Falcone, sister of the judge, quoted by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica “

This Tuesday, the Italians were stunned by the early release of Giovanni Brusca, head of the Sicilian mafia convicted of the murder of Judge Giovanni Falcone in 1992, an event that was reported on the front page of all Italian newspapers. Giovanni Brusca was released on Monday, at the age of 64, for the good behavior of the Rebibia prison in Rome, after 25 years in prison, who had been cooperating with the authorities. Brusca, however, will remain under surveillance for four years.

“It is sad news in human terms, but it is the law, a law that my brother wanted and that must be respected,” responded Maria Falcone, sister of the judge, quoted by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Giovanni Brusca activated a remote control that detonated a bomb with 400 kilograms of explosives, which were buried on a road near Palermo, killing Giovanni Falcone, his wife, and three bodyguards.

Tina Montinaro, the wife of the then head of the judge’s escort operation, who also died in the attack, confessed to being “outraged” at the release. “The State is against us, 29 years later and we still don’t know the truth (…). The man who destroyed my family has been released,” added Montinaro.

Brusca, one of Totò Riina’s closest collaborators, head of Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia, had also abducted Giuseppe Di Matteo, a 12-year-old boy, in 1993. After two years imprisoned in indescribable conditions, the boy was strangled and dissolved in acid, a crime practiced as revenge against his father, Santino Di Matteo, a former member of the mafia who agreed to collaborate with the justice. According to the police, it was “one of the most heinous crimes in the history of Cosa Nostra”.

“I can’t find words to express my bitterness,” confessed Santino Di Matteo, to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. “The truth is that all my son’s guards and torturers are free. Everyone at home. And now the boss who decided and organized everything is also going home,” said Santino.

Brusca’s release was also criticized by many political leaders, with the leader of the Democratic Party (PD), Enrico Letta, describing the release as “a punch in the stomach [that] leaves someone speechless, wondering how it is possible”. “It is impossible to believe that a criminal like Brusca can deserve any favor. His release from prison makes my spine shiver,” commented former President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani,

“A person who committed these acts, who dissolved a child in acid, who killed Falcone, is, in my opinion, a wild beast and cannot get out of prison,” reacted the leader of the far-right Northern League party, Matteo Salvini.

The former national anti-mafia prosecutor and ex-President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, for his part, sees “no scandal” in this. “The indignation of many politicians who understand little about the penal code and the fight against the mafia scares me,” he wrote on his Facebook social network page, arguing that reducing sentences “for those who help the state” is necessary.

Who is Giovanni Brusca

Nicknamed Scannacristiani (Matacristianos) and “U ‘Verru” (the pig in Sicilian) and one of the men closest to the historic “capo” Salvatore “Totó” Riina, Abrupt He left the Rebibbia Roman penitentiary on Monday at the age of 64 and will now remain on probation for four years, according to Italian media.

Considered one of the biggest murderers of the mafia, with more than 150 confessed homicides, he was initially sentenced to life imprisonment, but his sentence was reduced to 26 years for cooperating with justice and revealing the ins and outs that allowed to disrupt many of the mafia activities and proceed to numerous arrests.

Shortly after his arrest, on May 20, 1996, Brusca confessed his decisive role in the Capaci massacre, in which Falcone, his wife, and three agents of his bodyguard were killed on May 23, 1982, with 500 kilos of explosives. on a highway on the island of Sicily (southern Italy). In his statements before the judges, he assured that it was he who pressed the detonator.

Source: with Agencies

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