Prosecutors insist president testify in State-Mafia case
'Only Napolitano can explain letter from dead advisor'26 September, 12:47
The complex case has seen numerous twists and turns.
Earlier this year, a judge in Palermo destroyed wiretaps of Napolitano, effectively ending a judicial clash that pitted the sanctity of the presidency against the duties of Mafia investigators.
That came after a ruling last December by Italy's Constitutional Court ordering the Palermo prosecutors to destroy recordings of four conversations Napolitano had between late 2011 and May 2012 with Nicola Mancino, a former interior minister and Senate Speaker charged in the case with giving false testimony. The court has already ruled that if Napolitano is called to testify he cannot be questioned on information found in those wiretaps. In their appeal before the court Thursday, prosecutors said hearing Napolitano was the only way to shed light on a mysterious letter written by his late legal advisor Loris D'Ambrosio, at the center of the spat, who died in July 2012 of a heart attack. In the missive, written the month before he died, D'Ambrosio expressed concern over possibly being used "as the hapless and handy scribe of useful things, to act as a shield of untold agreements," with specific reference to events between 1989 and 1993.