The Loneliness of Justice

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In August I tried to speak to Roberto Saviano. I didn’t manage it. He is tucked away somewhere with a protection squad. He just replied by email. It has always amazed me that the judges and journalists have to live like prisoners. Imprisoned like Falcone and Borsellino at the Asinara. Anyone who denounces or investigates is at risk, not the criminal. But shouldn’t it be the other way round? The bad guy running away and the representatives of the State in pursuit? The great bosses live in the city centre or in some villa, on the run in their own house. The judge in a bunker and the journalist in a village in the Apennine Mountains. But is it possible to go on like that? Saviano, we are expecting you 8 September in Bologna, at least on the telephone.

Dear Beppe,
Even this happens. Have you seen the interview with the head of Naples’ antimafia unit Franco Roberti? My situation gets worse but I am worried for the future of the courageous prosecutor Cantone.
It’s best if you can be close to him with your blog. In this country, attention is dedicated to stupidity and when there’s talk of real risks, a guilty silence falls. Warm and heartfelt greetings.”
Roberto Saviano.

From L'Espresso:
” ….. Today the main problem for the bosses of the new empire are a magistrate and a writer. The prosecutor is called Raffaele Cantone: he goes on in silence with his investigations and trials against the cupola of the Caserta area, putting at risk investments and killers. The writer is Roberto Saviano, who with the 800 thousand copies of 'Gomorra' has obliged these little bosses (who have become big bosses) to live in the spotlight: the success of his book has torched the earth around the clan activities in Italy and abroad. More than the story-telling strength of the book, they don’t forgive his stubbornness: continuing to write about the camorra in spite of explicit warnings. And they don’t tolerate those that for them are personal challenges, like his presence in the tribunal on the day of the interrogation.
Franco Roberti, the head of the antimafia district division and also adjunct prosecutor, knows the underground movements of the Caserta families. And he speaks after weighing his words one by one, aware of the seriousness of the situation: “There’s a whole series of signals that show how the clan of the Casalesi is taking an interest in the investigators like Raffaele Cantone and in writers like Roberto Saviano whose work has caused the de-provincialisation of the camorra phenomenon and has made known to the world the true face of the ‘mafia casalese’."
It’s not a coincidence that Roberti is talking about mafia. But before looking in depth at his analysis, the prosecutor wants to send an equally clear signal. By asking the State to once more send out a challenge to those bosses who have infiltrated the business world of entrepreneurs and also the institutions. “We in the Naples district division are absolutely aware of this situation facing Cantone and Saviano. This is why we are working towards having the best Italian investigators to come and work in the Caserta area. This is why from September we’ll ask to have reinforcements in terms of numbers and quality in the staffing in the police offices working in this field.”
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By the way this country is runned, looks like our politicians are answering to the same persons that are making Saviano, Cantone and Roberti to live in hiding.
And we are talking about Italy, not North Corea, Kenia or any other country under dictatorship!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | August 30, 2007 12:13 AM

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