Catania mafia clan planned to kill journalist (5)

Paolo Borrometi targeted for probes into Mob activities

(ANSA) - Catania, April 10 - A Catania mafia clan was planning to kill journalist Paolo Borrometi to stop his probes into their affairs, a judge said Tuesday. Borrometi, director of the website, was described as an "awkward journalist," preliminary investigations judge Giuliana Sammartino said in a warrant that led to the arrest of four people for a dynamite attack on the car of lawyer Adriana Quattropani.
    The Cappello clan was planning to kill Borrometi at the request of Siracusa boss Salvatore Giuliano, Sammartino wrote in the ordinance.
    Borrometi has been living under police escort since receiving mafia death threats.
    Giuliano was caught on a police wiretap in January asking for Borrometi to be murdered, sources said.
    In response, Capello clan member Giuseppe Vizzini was caught on another wiretap on February 20 saying in Sicilian dialect that the journalist "hasn't got long to live".
    Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni spoke to the journalist on Tuesday afternoon, voicing solidarity and support with Borrometi.
    He said the State was close to him in the daily fight against the mafia and for freedom of information.


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