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Italian senate speaker laments mafia's innocent victims

Grasso likens information void to 'a boulder'

03 May, 17:16
Italian senate speaker laments mafia's innocent victims (ANSA) - Reggio Calabria, May 3 - Italian Senate Speaker and senior anti-mafia figure, Pietro Grasso, lamented the information void surrounding cold mafia cases at an anti-mafia demonstration held in the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria on Friday.

Reggio Calabria is the capital of a region known for its notoriously prosperous and international mafia organization, the 'Ndrangheta.

Grasso served as the head of Italy's National Anti-Mafia Directorate until taking a leave of absence in December to plunge into Italian politics with centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

"The lack of truth on unresolved cases and on innocent victims of the Mafia is as heavy as a boulder," said Grasso.

The demonstration honored the 30th anniversary of the death of Salerno entrepreneur Gennaro Musella, killed by a car bomb in Reggio Calabria. Musella's murder is believed to have been the work of the 'Ndrangheta and/or the Cosa Nostra, but remains unresolved. Musella was officially recognized as an innocent victim in 2009.

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