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Of the people elected to Parliament, there are 70(*) who are convicts, “prescritti”, under investigation, defendants and on remand. There were 100 as candidates. It wasn’t you who voted for these 70. They were chosen by the party secretaries. By the party prison officers. Recruited in the tribunals and at the prison exits.
The 70 newly-elected people are split up as follows:

- PDL 45 (proposed: 56)
- PD 13 (proposed: 18)
- Lega Nord 7 (proposed: 8)
- UDC – Rosa Bianca 5 (proposed: 9)

On 8 September 2007 a million and a half people came out into the public spaces. 350,000 citizens gave their signatures for three popular laws for a Clean Parliament.
They’ve obtained something. But it’s small fry. In fact the number of people definitively convicted has gone down from 24 to 16. What’s increased is the number of people convicted at the first and second levels, like the new senator Cuffaro UDC, who can defend themselves better thanks to parliamentary immunity. What’s stable is the number of “prescritti” and the number of those under investigation. For the former, the verdict arrived beyond the maximum time limits, and they’ve got themselves a new life, for the latter lot any final conviction will no longer happen.
The bigger parties stand out for their candidates. Even in this case Testa d’Asfalto has ridiculed Topo Gigio with a smashing 3 to 1.
The 70 were elected for lack of information. Their names were not on the voting papers. I had asked for the criminal records certificate as well as the name, so that the citizen could choose the preferred convict. But they did not oblige.

On V2 day we will have another look at the convicts, from one to sixteen. We cannot let ourselves forget them.

Freedom of information in a free State.

V2 day - V2 day - 25 April 2008

(*) Source: “Se li conosci li eviti” by Marco Travaglio and Peter Gomez

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