Italian president called to testify in Borsellino hearing
Wiretaps involving Napolitano will not be used, says court22 March, 16:08
Among others called to testify are former Italian Interior Minister Nicola Mancino and ex-police chief Gianni De Gennaro.
It has been suggested that State officials entered negotiations with Cosa Nostra in a bid to stop attacks after a long campaign of violence that culminated in two bombings in 1992, which killed anti-Mob prosecutor Giovanni Falcone, his wife, fellow prosecutor Paolo Borsellino, and several bodyguards.
The court specified that recorded conversations between Napolitano and Mancino carried out during investigations would not be referred to or used in court.
The Italian president has contested the recorded wiretaps and asked the Constitutional Court in October to intervene, saying that magistrates overstepped their powers by failing to destroy the recordings afterwards, as the Constitution mandates.
The Constitutional Court in December ordered the tapes to be destroyed, but plans to do so have been delayed.
The court said on Friday that the recordings are "manifestly irrelevant" for the hearings.