Sicily: that train for Yuma


I don’t want to be considered partisan in relation to the Sicilian regional elections. Having published a letter from Rita Borsellino, I felt the duty to give space to a few recent happenings for Totò Cuffaro.

Totò Cuffaro, badly advised by Stanca, while navigating on the internet he’s discovered to be cited on more than 70,000 websites not always in the best light. As an honoured man he has reacted with a warning on his site to those who defame him:

“Anyone who has published defamatory information in relation to the Honourable Cuffaro using the Internet, is warned to remove it from their web site. In fact if there are the elements of a crime, the guilty will be brought to trial, through criminal and civil courts with the recovery of payment for damages.
With this in mind, the Internet is subject to detailed monitoring and the first letters have been sent out denouncing the activity. These, have been sent to the owners of the domain names as well as to the Internet Providers. Any money recovered will be paid to the families who have been victims of the mafia and other work that is of social and charitable use.”

I’m making an appeal to all the lawyers in Italy so that they support Cuffaro in this initiative of his. Perhaps 500 or 600 lawyers will be enough.

Cuffaro, grabbed by enthusiasm, has thus successfully contacted SKY to prevent the showing of the film: “The mafia is white”:

“Following the warning presented as an extra-judicial act notified to SKY by avvocato Salvatore Ferrara, the lawyer of the honourable .Cuffaro, the video “La Mafia è bianca” {the Mafia is white} will not be transmitted. It was made by RCS and is calumnious and derogatory in relation to President Cuffaro.”

Finally he has assured all his electors that if he should be found guilty to the first degree of favouring the mafia, he will resign, but not if he is simply found guilty.

His biography is on Wikipedia. Read it for more information before voting. Also read the site

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As Lampedusa wrote in Gattopardo: We need to change everything in order to be like before...

Posted by: blisco jaio | May 30, 2006 02:20 PM

Unfortunately, this Cuf has allready been elected, I just had a look on the newspapers on line.

Posted by: blisco jaio | May 29, 2006 05:15 PM

As they say, same people, same faces, same stagnation... this man, always on the defensive, always sanctimonious... I just hope there is a wind of change.

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | May 28, 2006 01:36 AM

Even after 7 years of living abroad, there's nothing quite like hearing of a fellow sicilian doing such a great job in promoting our beautiful land so full of "beautiful people", all over the world...
I can go to sleep tonight proud, dreaming of my beloved Sicily so well represented and/or managed. Totó Cuffaro is go! Thanks for being one of the main reasons that's keeping me away from family, friends, good food, good wine, sea and sunshine... Thanks.
A very happy sicilian refugee.

Posted by: Giuseppe Graceffa | May 28, 2006 01:24 AM

«In fact if there are the elements of a crime, the guilty will be brought to trial through criminal and civil courts, with the recovery of payment for damages.» The exquisite irony of this statement ...!

Posted by: Margaret-Rose STRINGER | May 28, 2006 12:35 AM

NB that Cuffaro writes that civil and criminal actions will be brought against the "guilty" (SIC) persons. They are guilty before they have even gone to court!
PS Cuffaro is lousy at winning cases for defamaton...he already lost one against Rcs, who published "La Mafia è Bianca"

Posted by: Maureen Lister | May 27, 2006 10:15 PM

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