(ANSA) – CALTANISSETTA, 06 JUN – “In this trial all the witnesses when they left the accusatory system were accused of conniving or wanting to protect the accused”. Thus during his speech the lawyer Giuseppe Panepinto, lawyer of Mario Bo, a police officer accused in Caltanissetta together with two other colleagues, for the crime of slander aggravated by having favored the Cosa Nostra in the trial on the misdirection of the investigations into the massacre of Via D’Amelio. Mario Bo, Fabrizio Mattei and Michele Ribaudo are accused before the court of having induced the repentant Vincenzo Scarantino, by means of pressure and threats, to declare falsehood in order to have subjects unrelated to the massacre condemned.
“During this trial – continued Panepinto – we heard magistrates who have marked the history of Italy, excellent names have followed one another. People who have investigated Tangentopoli, people who dismembered the Cosa Nostra. And it is not allowed, too. only on a moral level, which discredits itself on subjects who are not present and cannot defend themselves or on people who are dead and who cannot defend themselves. On the doctor Giovanni Tinebra they have said all sorts of things. He who made us tremble the courthouse of Caltanissetta and half of Italy with its investigations. Those who cannot defend themselves cannot be accused. Prefects, Quaestors – continued the lawyer – who have served the State for years, suspected of having agreed to cover the misdeeds of the accused.
And again about Arnaldo La Barbera all sorts of things have been said, including that he was a man close to the mafia. “Arnaldo La Barbera, who died in 2002, was the police officer at the head of the” Falcone-Borsellino “group, set up for shed light on the two massacres of Capaci and via D’Amelio and which included the three policemen accused today. “Certain things – concluded the lawyer – cannot be heard in a court of law. All the more so on a person with a brilliant career like that of Arnaldo La Barbera. But in this process he becomes a person “on the payroll of the mafia”. (HANDLE).