Italian president called as witness in mafia inquest
ReutersROME -- A Sicilian court will call Italy's president to testify in an investigation into alleged secret talks between the mafia and the state in the wake of deadly bombings two decades ago, judicial sources said on Thursday.
October 18, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Giorgio Napolitano was named as a witness in the probe, in which the Sicilian Mafia is alleged to have offered to end bombings which killed 21 people in the early 1990s, including judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, in exchange for softer jail sentences and conditions for convicted gangsters.
In a statement, Napolitano's office said he was waiting to see the full text of the court order to evaluate it. Current Senate President Pietro Grasso, a former anti-mafia prosecutor in Palermo where the probe is ongoing, will also be called to testify.