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'Mafia mulled attack on Leaning Tower of Pisa'

Rome papal basilica among other targets, says informant

23 January, 15:22
'Mafia mulled attack on Leaning Tower of Pisa' (ANSA) - Palermo, January 23 - The Sicilian Mafia had considered attacks on several of the nation's monuments, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, according to recent confessions by an informant to authorities at a recent court hearing.

Other targets that had been considered were the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, the church of San Giorgio in Velabro in Roma and the Georgofili Academy in Florence, former Cosa Nostra mobster Gioacchino La Barbera told magistrates during a testimony at a trial on the southern Italian island of Sicily focusing on alleged State-Mafia negotiations.

"Imagine if Italy wakes up and can no longer find the Tower of Pisa", testified La Barbera, citing Mafia chief Nino Gioé, who later committed suicide in jail. La Barbera said that he together with some collaborators started organizing potential attacks following the requests.