Appeals court releases six Provenzano deputies
Court reconsiders 10-year prison terms for Cosa Nostra leaders26 August, 16:24
The six, all senior members of Cosa Nostra, had each been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison but were granted earlier release.
The online newspaper Livesicilia said the judges granted the Mafia bosses release because their original sentences had included a penalty based on the expectation they would offend again, once released.
However, the appeal court decided that penalty was not just, and revoked it, shortening their jail terms.
Salvatore Gioeli, Nunzio Milano, Settimo Mineo, Rosario Inzerillo, Emanuele Lipari and Gaetano Badagliacca had been convicted in the Gotha trial as loyal lieutenants of Provenzano.
The ageing Mafia boss, once nicknamed "The Bulldozer", is serving life for various murders including ordering fatal bomb attacks on anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
Arrested in 2006 after 43 years on the run, Provenzano's health is failing and his family has been calling for leniency.
(photo: Bernardo Provenzano)