Napolitano to be called as witness in State-Mafia trial
But court puts limits on what president can be questioned on17 October, 11:12
The court also accepted to call Senate Speaker and former national anti-Mafia prosecutor Pietro Grasso to testify, along with almost all of the prosecution's other witness requests.
In May the court ruled that Napolitano could not be questioned on information found in wiretaps that were destroyed after the president successfully petitioned at the Constitutional Court in December that Palermo prosecutors had exceeded their powers in keeping them.
This means he will not be asked to talk about four conversations he had with Nicola Mancino, a former interior minister and Senate Speaker, between November 2011 and May 2012.
Mancino has been charged along with 11 other people in relation to alleged negotiations to stop a series of Cosa Nostra bomb attacks in the early 1990s that claimed the lives of anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992, among other people.
Mancino is accused of perjury.
He denies this.
Napolitano successfully argued at the Constitutional Court that the Italian Constitution forbids prosecutors from investigating the head of State unless he is suspected of high treason or attacking the Constitution itself.
The wiretaps should have have been destroyed immediately, the court ruled.