Genoa prison director reinstated after serial-killer row
Mazzeo said was 'unaware' of Gagliano's full criminal record09 January, 15:14
"I thank the minister because I am an operative and I would not have felt comfortable in a different post," said Mazzeo, also referring to the numerous projects he wants to see through at the jail on the outskirts of the Ligurian capital. Justice Minister Annamaria Cancellieri ordered his transfer after Bartolomeo Gagliano, 55, whose criminal past includes murders, robberies, narcotics and arms possession and fleeing from psychiatric hospitals, took flight on 17 December, just over a year short of finishing a sentence for attempted extortion.
He was captured in Menton near the French border a few days later.
However, the minister motivated Mazzeo's removal not by circumstances leading to the escape itself but to a declaration he made subsequently to the effect that the prison management had not been aware of Gagliano's full criminal record.
The prisons administration department has launched disciplinary proceedings against the director for "inopportune" and "untimely" statements.