(from the correspondent Elvira Terranova) – A “castle of lies”, “collapsed miserably”, with “fictional reconstructions” and “defamatory accusations” and “allegations” by the Prosecutor’s Office. All “without any proof. Zero”. “Lies” that caused “splashes of mud” and “a media pillory” for the three accused, in the trial on the misdirection of the Via D’Amelio massacre but also “on the magistrates” who investigated immediately after the death of Paolo Borsellino. In over eight hours of defense, the lawyer Giuseppe Panepinto, lawyer of the policeman Mario Bo, accused with two other policemen, Michele Ribaudo and Fabrizio Mattei, lists “the allegations of the prosecution” of which he speaks. The lawyer admits, yes, that the massacre in via D’Amelio took place “the greatest misdirection in Italian judicial history”, as the Supreme Court also says, “but not by the three accused policemen or by magistrates and men of the State “, because the perpetrators of the misdirection were, according to the defense,” three thugs “, that is the false repentants Vincenzo Scarantino, Salvatore Candura and Francesco Andriotta. On the first day dedicated to the defense pleading of the lawyer of the police officer accused with the other two defendants of complicity in aggravated slander because, according to the prosecutors of Caltanissetta, he would have indoctrinated Scarantino to falsely accuse the innocent, the lawyer Panepinto spoke of the management of the false repentant Vincenzo Scarantino, but also of “characters in search of an author” who would appear during the trial. He cites the “prosecution witnesses”, calling them all “unreliable” and “unreliable”. The Prosecutor Salvatore De Luca at the end of the indictment, had asked for a sentence of 11 years and 10 months for Mario Bo, and for the other two, Mattei and Ribaudo, 9 and a half years each in prison. “We want a sentence that restores dignity to the three accused “, reiterates the lawyer Panepinto, addressing the Court chaired by Francesco D’Arrigo. Panepinto speaks several times of “slanderous accusations” and “media pillory” but also of “splashes of mud” that “hit the three accused policemen” in the trial on the misdirection of the Via D’Amelio massacre. “Before making slanderous accusations that expose to the media pillory, not only the policemen, but also the magistrates hit by splashes of mud, before making these accusations to a man of the state, we need proof, which there is not here – he says. Panepinto – We have heard of ‘granite evidence’ that we have never seen. And we have found simple suspicions, doubts and inferences, made in this court of law “. Present the three defendants and Mario Bo’s wife, who listen in silence to the words of the lawyer. ‘In this trial, characters looking for authors cannot find space.’ “The protagonists cannot find space, they are characters in search of an author”. The lawyer further explains: “We have reached the conclusion in a trial that we have lived through for a long time. Finally the time has come to make the defendants’ voices heard, after having listened to the testimony of the witnesses for a long time”. “Those who preceded me felt it was their duty to thank the Court – he says, referring to the prosecutor Stefano Luciani and the plaintiffs – I do not want this Court, but I believe that we should not thank anyone, because if we are here in a courtroom justice, it is because my client would have done without staying in this courtroom and because the prosecutor decided to carry out an investigation that had been closed and to pursue the prosecution “. And again: “I had a certain bewilderment at various moments in this trial, certainly not because there were particularly incisive arguments. It is not a lack of respect towards the prosecution – continues the lawyer Giuseppe Panepinto – But a great sense of bewilderment because I had the impression of participating in a different process than the other parties, of having evaluated documentary evidence different from what the parties told you about. Obviously we have heard about the ‘duty of truth’, of respect for the victims of the massacre and respect for memory. Of course I have total respect for the parts of the victims of this terrible tragedy that upset the Italian state, for their relatives and those who have suffered damage and all Italian citizens “. And on the massacres he says: “It was a period that shook the consciences of all Italians. But I am sure that all those who, with a great sense of duty, committed themselves in those years in the fight against the mafia, and with a great sense of duty they put their lives for the state. I am referring to the magistrates, the men of the Falcone and Borsellino group (which included the three defendants ed) who waged a war on the mafia. They arrested principals and executors “. ‘If today there is no longer the mafia war is for men of the state like them ‘”If today we have a different historical moment, if today there is no longer that war it is thanks to them, thanks to them that Cosa Nostra has suffered a very hard blow – says Panepinto – We have heard criminalized all the men of the state “. And again: “The memory of those who cannot defend themselves has been widely discredited, I am referring to all the men of the State who have succeeded each other, of the witnesses accused of being colluding, of wanting to cover and muddy, conceal, are serious accusations that are facts, especially in a court of law “. Mario Bo’s lawyer, citing the indictment of the prosecutor Stefano Luciani, still speaks of” allegations “and quotes what the dictionary says. “They are hypotheses, a judgment formulated by deduction”. “This is what has been proposed to us in this trial – he says – A trial that for years has forced the accused to undergo everything that a trial entails, suffering, consequences in the personal, family and work environment. Even illnesses and sufferings. , are the consequence of this process “. And of his client, Bo says: “He is a man of the upright state, a man whose dignity I have had the opportunity to appreciate, and above all the great sense of self-denial and respect for the state, even today after what he has suffered, even today he says he would do everything he did “. And he adds: “Mario Bo continues to have utmost confidence in the state”. “Let’s leave the books out of here, written by former magistrates and journalists, whoever writes and talks about this story – says Panepinto – the top was reached when Candura (the false repentant ed) also had a memorial that he wanted to publish. television interviews. Let’s leave them out of the courtroom “. And he adds: “We keep talking about events that never happened and existed, we keep talking about other truths”. Then Panepinto adds: “Mario Bo is a man of the state. Perhaps someone would have liked him to accuse the magistrates … But he has always and only told the truth, the things that have happened. He did. They told him all sorts of things, they gave him some mafia and collusion, and he has always remained silent, to suffer “. “The memory of those who are dead and today cannot defend themselves has also been discredited and I am referring to magistrates, policemen, accused of colluding, of wanting to sidetrack. These are serious and slanderous accusations that expose the media to pillory. And before moving them. they taught us that we need to have proof “, explains the lawyer.” We are ready to talk about the truth. “And then he says:” We are ready to talk about the truth, but they must be verifiable facts. We are not afraid of the truth, because truth must not frighten those who have not committed certain facts. While here all the witnesses for the prosecution are unreliable and unreliable “. On the prosecution’s accusation, only prosecutor Maurizio Bonaccorso present in the courtroom, Panepinto says: “But is it really credible that Bo has indoctrinated Scarantino? Can you ever think that someone indoctrinates in such a delicate affair?”. And it goes specifically: “In the interrogation of 28 September 2009 Vincenzo Scarantino says he does not remember whether the statements made were the result of press reports or suggestions. In the interrogation he tells us that he bought the newspaper ‘Il Giorno’, and the ‘another detainee’ Il Corriere della Sera ‘, and therefore they were informed. He himself said’ There are so many things I read in the newspapers. ‘ of the interrogations. In a subsequent interrogation in October 2009 he says that Bo had never made any promises to him. ” “This Scarantino is certainly a simpleton, to be generous – says the lawyer – Scarantino was not indoctrinated but made his statements on the basis of news reports, information he heard in prison circles, from the disputes made during the trials and during interrogations, but also of things learned in the family context. The same prosecutor who, when he made the request for dismissal, told us that Scarantino’s indoctrination was not credible today bases his accusations on this “. Then he reiterates that in the management of Scarantino in Liguria, “there was no anomaly”. And he explains: “The policemen of the Falcone Borsellino group did not tolerate this protective service to Vincenzo Scarantino. They were used to fighting the mafia and could no longer stand his whims. So they had no reason to keep this service”. course of the defense, then adds: “It will not be the suffering of the accused to repay the suffering suffered by the plaintiffs, who deserve the utmost respect, because they too have suffered the same media pillory as the accused, but also the suffering of relatives of the mafia massacres “. The defense of the lawyer Giuseppe Panepinto will continue next Monday, June 6, for the conclusions of his speech. Then it will be the turn of the lawyer Giuseppe Seminara, lawyer of the other two defendants, Fabrizio Mattei and Michele Ribaudo. And between the middle and the end of June the sentence will be issued.
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