Centre-right PdL Senator resigns from anti-mafia commission
Calabrian Senator accused of links with 'Ndrangheta mafia09 October, 16:17
''I am appalled by an attack on me that is without foundation. In fact, I have never even been investigated for any type of crime. However, in light of the moment my party is living through, and to allow full political freedom to my colleagues and myself, I am resigning from the anti-mafia commission,'' Caridi announced in a note.
''However, I do reserve (the right) to evaluate with my lawyers whether there are grounds for legal action against those who, with such superficiality and unjustified political hatred, are trying to tarnish my good name and my integrity,'' Caridi added.
Earlier Wednesday, a group of Chamber deputies belonging to the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S) - led by Genoan ex-comedian Beppe Grillo - denounced Caridi's appointment to the anti-mafia commission.
''The presence of Senator Antonio Stefano Cardi on the anti-mafia commission is absolutely inappropriate,'' read a note signed by M5S chamber deputies Dalila Nesci, Fabiana Dadone, Francesco D'Uva, Riccardo Nuti and Giulia Sarti.
The M5S parliamentarians wrote that Cardi ''appears to have unclear relationships with 'Ndrangheta clans that, according to a report by the Genoa DDA (anti-mafia police), even worked hard to guarantee him voter support in 2010 regional elections in Calabria''.
''In the preceding legislature, the DDA report, based on findings of the Genoa DIA (intelligence agency), were directed to the antimafia commission itself.today, investigations into the PdL senator could be on-going,'' the note continued.
''Thus it would be absurd to permit entry onto the Antimafia commission a politician in documented relationships with the 'Ndrangheta, on which there may be more extensive investigations,'' the parliamentarians concluded.