(ANSA) - Rome, July 19 - The gray areas surrounding the death
of anti-mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino represent a
"humiliation" for the Italian State, Italian president Giorgio
Napolitano said on the 20th anniversary of Borsellino's murder
"It is a humiliation for all of us who represent the
democratic state!" the president wrote in a statement,
responding to a letter from Borsellino's widow in which she said
she will spend the rest of her life trying to understand the
motives behind her husband's death.
"We are working on it, and we must work without rest and
hesitation, in order to reveal and punish the errors and
disgraces that have polluted our understanding of the massacre,"
Many of the mobsters involved in the 1992 killings of
Borsellino and fellow anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone
have been brought to justice, including former Cosa Nostra head
Salvatore Riina, who ordered them and a number of bomb attacks
in Rome and Florence.
But many shadows continue to hang over this period in
These include doubts about whether politicians were
involved in negotiations with the mafia at the time and whether
rogue elements in the nation's secret services had a role in the
Napolitano himself has recently been linked to
investigations into allged negotiations to stop the series of
Cosa Nostra bomb attacks that claimed the lives of Falcone and
Borsellino, but the head of state denies this.