Lessons on the Rule of Law from Albania

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Text of Marco Travaglio’s speech:


Good day to everyone. Anyway, happy holidays: today is the final edition of Passaparola before the holiday season that will last until the first of September when we will meet up to have a look at what has happened over the summer, which meanwhile will have donated us further shame. Within view, tomorrow, we have the impunity law, and we have already announced for September a super-reform that is really so “super” that it should in fact prevent the arrest of the Presidents of the Regions who are accepting bribes.
It will truly be a weighty thing. Luckily, after the vulgarity and triviality of Piazza Navona, there’s the return of elegance. Yesterday, Lord Brummel, in real life, Umberto Bossi, gave a great signal of civility and of civic pride, really, by saluting the national anthem with a raised finger.
Then they have even failed his son in his “maturità” {High School diploma}, and thus it is the fault of the high school teachers from the south, but now we will have the judges and the teachers elected in Padania {the Po Valley}, so finally they will let the donkeys pass.
Unfortunately we are still obliged to talk about justice, because, basically, tomorrow we have arrived at such a violent act that we have never yet suffered: a law that makes four people immune from any consequence for any crimes that they will commit. Those that Beppe Grillo (and we can wish him “Happy Birthday” as I think that today he celebrates his 60th birthday) calls “The Band of Four”. It’s interesting to start off with an article in il Corriere della Sera by the ambassador Sergio Romano who, given that he has been an ambassador, should be one who has traveled the world. We can see that he has traveled but that he hasn’t noticed anything because he explains that there is a problem in the whole world and that is the obtrusiveness of the magistracy. The magistracy that invades, that meddles. He says: "Ask Aznar, Chirac, Kohl, Bush, Kissinger, Olmert, or if he were in a position to respond to you - Sharon, what they think of their magistrates or of those who try to incriminate them in front of the tribunal of another country. They will tell you, in private, using responses not far off the words with which Berlusconi has used polemics over the years with the Italian magistracy” Because there is a war of the justice system against politics.
There you are. It is possible that these people in private say bad things about the magistrates, the fact is that they never say them in public and above all, when they have a trial, they undergo it, at times they resign, never do they attack their judges and never do they change the laws to give themselves immunity.
This is the difference, but ambassador Romano does not notice that. He is too refined in his way of reasoning to notice this really banal difference. So much so that another guy who has traveled the world, but unlike Romano he understood it, and that is Furio Colombo, yesterday wrote: “In the United States’ election campaign, expressions like ‘war between politics and justice’ – basically the stupidities that are being written by folk like Panebianco, Sergio Romano, Ostellino, Galli Della Loggia, Pierluigi Battisti, the anti-toga troops of il Corriere della Sera, cannot be translated. In the New York Times they wouldn’t even be able to translate them into the English language.” In fact, the two candidates of the big American parties who are battling out the election, have no position on justice, except for guarantees and human and civil rights of all citizens. “They don’t have and they must not have a position because everything is already established in the American Constitution, and furthermore, because the candidates for the American elections are fighting to obtain executive power and not judicial power.
When President and Mrs. Clinton ended up under investigation for bankruptcy on a small property in Arkansas that was managed together with unfaithful partners, America didn’t stop for a second. There was no conference. The President was travelling back and forth between the White House and the Grand Jury, the body collecting the evidence where he had to be interrogated, and he went with speed, otherwise impeachment would have been triggered, if he had been late at the hearing in front of the magistrates and in the end he was careful not to denounce persecutions.”

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23rd July: A very sad day for democracy: a law has been approved that puts Berlusconi and others beyond the reach of justice. The inordinate rush with with the law has been approved was to stop an ongoing and important trial for corruption. From today corruption cannot be punished. Indeed it is not perceived as a crime any more. The effects of this impunity will be felt in the very long run. A sad day indeed.

Posted by: Diego | July 23, 2008 11:05 PM


Marco!
What else can you do to make sure for the Italians to find out that they are losing their civil liberties progressively and systematically every day?
It's a shame!
Those criminals are complicating a system that was originally set up to function.
For good luck I still live in USA and I think I will stay here for a long time.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | July 23, 2008 09:13 PM


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