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The Italian radicals, former Berlusconians and now Veltronians, but nevertheless always confindustrialists, are calling me a liar for not having included the name of Lelouca Orlando of the Italia dei Valori Party on the list of the 100 “otherwise-honest” people drawn from the book entitled "Se li conosci, li eviti" (If you know them you avoid them) by Travaglio and Gomez, while leaving those of Lino Jannuzzi (FI) and Giovanni Mauro (FI) on the list. Marco Travaglio responds.


"Dear Beppe,
I am responding to Simone Sapienza of the National Committee of the Italian Radicals, concerning the failure to include the name of Leoluca Orlando on the list of candidates that have had run-ins with the legal system in the past. When we were busy compiling the list for our book entitled "Se li conosci li eviti" (If you know them you avoid them), Peter Gomez and I adhered to certain very precise criteria: exclude all "political" offences and crimes of "opinion", as well as any offences originating from road traffic accidents and suchlike. What we did, therefore, was to include those that, in our opinion, had the potential to raise certain compatibility problems as regards the function of representing the public in the institutions.
The radical party member obviously has a somewhat particular understanding of the term "crimes of opinion", even though it is pretty much self-explanatory. If, for example, a person expresses an otherwise legitimate opinion within the scope of his political activities, he may fall foul of the Penal Code, however, in our opinion, this does not make the person unsuitable to sit in Parliament. If someone knowingly lies, telling untruths, not expressing an opinion, then he is simply talking shit. The situation is even worse when the person is a journalist, who has a certain duty to write only the truth and to check what he is writing.
When Jannuzzi writes that Andreotti was absolved in Palermo, and that therefore he was innocent, and that therefore he did not have any relationship with the Mafia, and that therefore, Caselli and the other Public Prosecutors who dared to drag him into court should be charged, he is not expressing an opinion, he is simply talking shit, because he is attempting to overturn the final decision handed down by the Court of Cassation, which stated that Andreotti was guilty of collusion with the Mafia for the crime "committed" up to the Spring of 1980, but on which the statute of limitations expired during the court case.
When Lehner writes that Borrelli and the Milan pool carried out a coup, punishable in terms of article 289 of the Penal Code (attacking a constitutional body) for having duly investigated criminal allegations that emerged against Berlusconi, he is not expressing an opinion. What he is doing is making criminal accusations against the magistrates, who were simply doing their constitutional duty, based on obligations regarding penal action.
Orlando instead, did not do any such thing. During the early 90’s, when a number of municipal councillors from Sciacca gathered signatures calling for a referendum to remove antimafia-mayor Ignazio Messina, he held a rally in defence of this honest man, accusing those that wanted him removed of answering to certain easily imaginable people. The judges believed that his statements were defamatory and proceeded to condemn him. These are things that are bound to happen to anyone involved in politics or the information services whenever he/she comes out in defence of the law. It reminds me of the case of Alberto Cavallari, the great editor of the Corriere della sera daily who, during the 80’s, wrote that Craxi was stealing (Grillo was saying the same thing at that time, for which he was ostracised by the all the television stations). They condemned him because he did not have sufficient proof to back up his sacrosanct charges. The proof in question eventually surfaced and Craxi was later condemned, but it was too late: Cavallari had died in the interim. Personally, I would have appointed him senator for life. Inter alia, Orlando even has a record for having defamed Previti, a virtually impossible crime given what was discovered subsequently. A crime that, in my opinion, should have earned him a medal for valour.
As regards Mauro, he appeared on the V-Day list because he also had a number of provisional sentences against him relating to serious offences against the public administration, as well as a final sentence for defamation. Given that he was subsequently absolved, he was removed from the list, notwithstanding the final sentence for defamation.
The radicals are right in speaking of "a ruling class that made up of people that are almost all guilty of crimes linked to civil disobedience". In fact, we never even dreamt of including people such as Pannella and Bonino on the list of sentenced offenders, knowing very well that sentences relating to trafficking or matters relating to abortion were only the fruit of political battles and provocations. Very different, however, is the case of Sergio D'Elia who may well be non-violent now, but was found guilty on charges of complicity to murder, dating back to the days when he was a militant involved in the “Prima Linea” terrorist organisation. We have nothing against his current battles but, in our humble opinion, anyone guilty of murder should make do with fighting such battles as a private citizen. From his own home. Convicted murderers do not belong in Parliament." Marco Travaglio

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