(ANSAmed) - PALERMO, MAY 23 - Italian Premier Mario Monti
marked the 20th anniversary of Giovanni Falcone's death on
Wednesday by saying that the State must keep working to fully
get to the bottom of his murder and that of fellow anti-mafia
magistrate Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards were blown up by the
mafia with a massive bomb planted on a motorway near Palermo
that left a crater three meters deep and 13 metres wide. Less
than two months after Falcone's murder, Borsellino was killed by
the mafia in a car-bomb attack in Palermo along with five of his
bodyguards. Many of the mobsters involved in the attacks have
been brought to justice, among them former Cosa Nostra head
Salvatore Riina, who ordered them and a number of bomb attacks
in Rome and Florence. But many shadows continue to hang over
this period in Italy's history, including doubts about whether
politicians were involved in negotiations with the Mafia at the
time and whether rogue elements in the nation's secret services
had a role in the bloodshed.
''There are no reasons of State that can justify delays in
establishing the facts and finding who was responsible,'' Monti
said at a ceremony at a Palermo garden devoted to mafia victims.
''Details have emerged in recent years that have led to the
sentences being looked at again along with the missing pieces,
which must be sought out by getting right down to the bottom''.
Monti then went to a ceremony also attended by President Giorgio
Napolitano at Palermo's Ucciardone prison, where big trials that
Falcone and Borsellino were behind were held against Cosa Nosta
members in the 1980s.(ANSAmed).