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Dolcino Favi “was” the acting General Prosecutor who claimed for himself the investigation called “Why not” from De Magistris.
Dolcino was “acting” General Prosecutor while the new General Prosecutor was being appointed.
The Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura {Magistrates’ Governing Body} appointed the new General Prosecutor on Thursday 18 October.
What would anyone “acting” do on the arrival of the person who has the full title to the position?
He would clean the desk, put all his documents in a cardboard box, say good-bye to the secretarial services and go out to welcome the legitimate appointee with a hand shake.
The last thing he would do would be to anticipate the conclusion of controversial cases, taking decisions that should be the responsibility of others.
Dolcino preferred to keep going with his work and to “avocare” De Magistris.
Perhaps he had the formal legitimacy, but not the substantial legitimacy. For a case that risks bringing down the government, it would have been appropriate to let the new General Prosecutor deal with it after he has had time to calmly look at all the documents.
Why was the one who was “acting” in such a hurry?
Why did De Magistris find out about the “avocatura” only after it was public knowledge?
Has the CSM nothing to say about an untimely decision taken by one who was “acting” and in fact delegitimised by the new appointment?
Let the investigation be returned to De Magistris or the general public will think that Prodi and Mastella are guilty anyway.
Mastella does two jobs: Minister and Mayor of Ceppaloni. Where does he find the time? He’s tired and you can see that. He’s not coping with both his jobs as an employee. Let him resign from his position as Minister. Let him do that for the sake of his health and for the health of the public. Let him go back to his village.
PS Prodi has gone beyond tranquillity. I repeat: Prodi has gone beyond tranquillity.

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Please see below a message that the London Beppe Grillo Meetup Group has distributed to the UK media in order to get their attention on De Magistris Case.

The Financial Times is now the first one to write about it:


Dear Sirs,

We are a group of more than 100 Italian citizens, living in the UK and grouped in the "London Beppe Grillo Meetup Group".

We are sending this message to highlight a grave situation that is unfolding in our country.

Luigi De Magistris, an Italian prosecutor, who was leading an investigation on misuse of public funds for vote-buying in Calabria, has been removed from the case after Italy's justice minister discovered he was being probed for corruption by the prosecutor.
Clemente Mastella, who was elected in Calabria in 2006 as part of Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition, denied any wrongdoing and said he suspended the prosecutor for alleged misconduct.
According to the Italian press, Mastella used European Union and government funds to buy votes, in collusion with local criminal organisations. The enquiry - also known as the "Why not" investigation - has also been extended to Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi.
The suspension from the investigation has been challenged by De Magistris - and by public opinion - as his removal appears to be an open attack on the independence of Italy's judiciary.
The only member of the government to defend De Magistris has been Antonio Di Pietro, a former magistrate famed for his anti-corruption campaign in the 1990s that led to the collapse of Italy's first republic.
Mastella has repeatedly threatened to withdraw his support to the Prodi government - effectively bringing it down - if the enquiry will not be called off.
While the Italian press seems only interested in the quarrel between Mastella and Di Pietro - reporting this story as the usual theatrical farce of Italian politics -public opinion is more and more concerned about the real issue at stake: the independence of the Italian judiciary
Salvatore Borsellino, brother of the anti-mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino who was assassinated in 1992, has written a letter where he denounced Mastella?s tactics, comparing them to the bombs used by the mafia to kill its enemies.
Apart from some soft denunciations by the Italian press against Mastella's decision to suspend De Magistris, the only space for debate open to the public has been internet.
Thousands of Italians have expressed their shock and disgust by posting comments on blogs and reporting on websites. this has led to the discovery of an interesting fact.
Dolcino Favi, the magistrate named to takeover the "Why not" inquiry, was allegedly connected with the mafia and had forged judicial documents during the years he worked at the Court of Syracuse in Sicily.
Although members of the press are aware of this they have not reported the fact.
The government response to this has led to retaliation against blogs and public debate on the internet. In fact, following thriving growth of blogs, minister have approved a draft law on October 13 that aims to regulate the "quality" and "output" of information coming from online diaries and websites.
Italy finds itself at a turning point. We therefore urge the foreign press to investigate this situation in depth. The facts must be known. It would be extremely important for our country and for the defence of democracy in Italy and the EU.

Many thanks - Kind regards

The London Beppe Grillo Meetup Group

Posted by: The London Beppe Grillo Meetup Group | October 25, 2007 08:32 AM

Dear Beppe and all, I leave in London and here there is a different sense of democracy and information. Not perfect, but with a more open basic structure. Italian culture present and past is greatly respected here, but most people are surprised at the apparent chaos covering corruption and self-interest. Something like: "How is it possible, with your strong tradition of Left oriented thinking?!"

Your blog makes visible the connections between facts and people and helps understanding the system's mechanisms at work under the surface. Translated into English, it opens the discussion to the rest of Europe and of the world, making use of the full potential of self-publishing. I hope it will give a sense of power of action to Italian citizen ... whatever that is!

I am not ashamed of being Italian, quite the opposite! But I ma happy I live in a country with more effective freedom of action, and where the real needs of individuals have more legitimacy and practical consequences.

Thank you!

Caro Beppe e tutti i grilli, io vivo a Londra e qui c'e' un senso della democrazia e dell'informazione diversa. Non perfetta, ma con una struttura di base piu' aperta. C'e' tanto rispetto per la cultura Italiana presente e passata, ma anche stupore per l'apparente caos della politica che copre la corruzione e il self-interest. Del tipo: "Ma come, con la tradizione di pensiero di Sinistra che avete voi?!"

Il tuo blog rende visibili le relazioni fra eventi e personaggi ed aiuta a capire come il sistema funziona sotto la superfice. Tradotto in Inglese, apre la discussione al resto d'Europa e del mondo, utilizzando tutto il potenziale del self-publishing. Spero che dia un senso di potere d'azione al cittadino Italiano ... whatever that is!!!

Io non mi vergogno di essere Italiana, al contrario! Ma sono contenta di vivere all'estero, dove c'e' piu' liberta' effettiva d'azione e dove i bisogni reali dell'individuo hanno eco e conseguenze pratiche.


Posted by: Cinzia Cremona | October 24, 2007 12:50 PM

Roberto, All,
Italians are moving and doing so quite fast and effectively: have a look at this link [ ] and at the result of this on the Financial Times (page 7 of today's paper edition or the following on the on-line ediiton: And this is just an example of what is going on. People is meeting and is discussing in many places in Europe: the fact that the Italian (national) press does not report that, at this point is just immaterial. My feeling is that things are really changing, and this time from below. What is amazing is that this is happening irrespective of any political idea or position the people involved may have: because justice is a universal values, and Italy must be rebuilt starting from the foundations (then there will be a time to discuss the different political opinions and provide effective and socially acceptable solutions). Now is time to rebuild the foundations: justice and equality before justice. No revolution here, just people devoting their spare few minutes during the day to meet, to discuss and to take action.
"Antipolitica"? No way, just pre-politica, because justice is the foundations of any politics and of any democracy.

Posted by: Andrea Anto | October 24, 2007 11:49 AM

Guardate questo video

Posted by: enzo scozzaro | October 24, 2007 11:02 AM


Why don't we (italians) go down in the streets for something like this? Why "modern" italians never move compact when their freedom and their rights are thrown away? They (politicians) don't even do it gradually anymore.

Why except for this blog there are no other aggregation forces, outside political ones, capable of getting people to join together and walk around just to remind them that they exist?

Taken as singular individuals we are meaningless for them, some of us are just tax payers.. the others not even that.. we are all "votes", some of us making something up when the day comes, some others "selling" it. All together we are the public opinion they claim they have to please.. and they do.. confusing pleasure with cheating.

But if we join together and just walk around in the streets they can recall how many we are and how powerful we can be if we just join together.

But as I said in italy it never happens, only people touched directly get angry for a few days and then they find the best way to adapt to the new situation.. as long as their Sky subscription and their MMS phone (paid with a loan) remain where they are.. and if you notice that.. they normally do, still.

Maybe it is just the survival instinct, beside a big big cultural issue.


Posted by: roberto giambuzzi | October 24, 2007 09:34 AM

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