Slain judge's sister slams Mafia boss's daughter
Riina says she is 'honored' to bear father's name28 August, 17:50
''I am bewildered and upset for statements made by Lucia Riina', said Maria Falcone. "Though I respect her role as daughter and I understand that the sins of fathers cannot fall upon their children, I don't accept that a practicing Catholic woman, as she stressed repeatedly during the interview, does not distance herself from a father who is a murderer".
In 1997 Riina was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the 1992 car bombing in Capaci, near Palermo, which killed Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo, also a judge, and their security detail, Antonio Montinaro, Vito Schifani and Rocco Dicillo. On Tuesday Riina's youngest daughter Lucia told Swiss television on Tuesday she was ''sorry'' for her father's victims but ''honored'' to bear his name. Her statements sparked protests from other family members of Riina's victims Lucia Riina ''should feel horror once and for all for all the innocent blood that has been shed'', said a statement Wednesday by the association representing the families of victims of the attack in Via Georgofili, Florence, in which five people died. Riina was convicted to life in prison in 2000 for ordering the 1993 bombing of the Georgofili Academy near the Uffizi.
''Next time she gives a similar interview we will try to bring her to court for offending the memory of our dead''.
Sonia Alfano, president of the European anti-Mafia Commission, called ''exasperating and disgusting the spectacle offered by Lucia Riina''. ''She is the daughter of one of the most cruel Mafiosi remembered in history and proud to be so'', said the daughter of Beppe Alfano, a journalist killed by the Mafia in 1993. ''That sums it up for me''.
Police in 1993 arrested Riina, the reputed head of the Sicilian Mafia who had been sought by police for over two decades. Riina has been served life sentences for ordering dozens of killings including the 1992 murder of another high-profile anti-Mafia judge, Paolo Borsellino, a close collaborator of Giovanni Falcone.