The Mastella-ato


Mastella wants the amnesty. The Italians a little less. The parties a bit more. And you’ll just see that in the amnesty there’ll be space for financial crimes, the real hobby of the politicians. 20,000 people could be freed. Who are these people? What crimes have they committed? Who are the victims of the crimes?

I believe that citizens would like from this employee who is indifferent to their rights, more precise information. Christian charity can be practised by those who have been victims of crime. But the law just needs to be applied. If in the months following the freeing from prison some of the former prisoners should happen to rape, rob, or kill, then the citizens will have the right to bring the Minister of Justice to trial. The people who are gravely injured by the criminal action of amnestied people should cite in their evidence Mastellawhoisalwaysonhisfeet.

In Ciociaria in May 1944, the liberating allies unleashed General Juin’s troops form Morocco , the “goumiers”, against the civilian population. 3500 women and girls between the ages of 8 and 85 were raped, 800 men were sodomised and killed. Among these was don Alberto Terrilli, Parish priest of Santa Maria di Esperia who died of his wounds. Some of the husbands who were protecting the women were impaled. From that time, there’s the expression “marocchinato” to indicate someone who has been a victim of the liberating FrenchNorthAfricans.
From today we’ll be able to speak of the “Mastella-ato” to refer to those who are victims of the amnesty.

I’ve created an email address to receive future witness statements from the people who are “Mastella-ato”:
If the amnesty goes ahead I will be available for all those who suffer and the blog will give maximum light to those messages that are received.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 12:01 PM in | Comments (16)
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Francesco Pietra: I agree with you. Amnesty is not a solution to resolve the enormous problems of italian justice. But it could be a start, that must be followed from other important measures like those you are writing about, and about all from a radical justice reform in terms of guarantee of penalty and quicking the times of proceedings.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | June 9, 2006 01:27 PM

This kind of amnesty looks not very international.I read somwhere in a newspaper that 73% of the italians are against this mastellation. Finally it will look like this: One government put them inside and the other put them outside. If this way, it's easy to understand why Di Pietro was put away like a stone.
Finally, judges will have to book a room 25 years in advance if they want to put somebody in prison. This freedom for everybody and everything will push us to go in prison to have a garanty to be protect because it will be better to be inside than outside. In my street, somebody broken 15 cars last week.Just for nothing. Police knows that if they catch somebody he will be released the day after. And so?

Posted by: blisco jaio | June 9, 2006 07:10 AM

As to "But in this case I think he [the minister] did the right thing. Amnesty is necessary, the prisons are full and uninhabitable, the most part of the prisoners are little felons, drug addicts or non-EU immigrants. They have not enough money to pay a good lawyer.." posted on this list, may I add to my previous comments against the law that I understand the point, and I would also like to raise my compassionate voice, and that jaling drug addicts is to kill them. However, a law to free them should be accompanied by a law providing them a place where to work, where to live. Otherwise we are freeing persons that could only live against the laws. Is the minister prepared to provide them the means to survive legally? So far, he failed to propose that accompanying law. From that, my proposal of a referendum to remove him, should he propose the (half) law.
Cordially Yours
Francesco Pietra

Posted by: Francesco Pietra | June 8, 2006 04:29 PM

Thank you Beppe for this great article.

I often disagree with you but this initiative is sound and popular.

We will all follow you

Posted by: giovanni bressan | June 8, 2006 08:28 AM

Is any referendum conceivable about the removal of that law (should it pass) and of the minister (should the law be proposed, even if it does not pass)? What about the terms for a referendum? (it could be organized as soon as the law is proposed). I am sadly saying all that because I acknowledge that the present government is trying to recover the country from a bad government.
Cordially Yours
Francesco Pietra

Posted by: Francesco Pietra | June 8, 2006 12:53 AM

practically like the Zentralfuerungsblockhebeluebersetzung??????
;-) ;-)

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | June 7, 2006 11:37 PM

Ja, Stimmt!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | June 7, 2006 11:20 PM

hallo, Forumromanum, ich habe deine webseite besucht, du bist aus Deutschland und lebst in Rom! Ich lebe in Rom auch, und bin 'ne lange Zeit in Deutschland gewesen! Herzlich willkommen!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | June 7, 2006 11:13 PM

Even if I don't like Mastella also not at all. But in this case I think he did the right thing. It´s the right sign for a changement

Posted by: ForumRomanum | June 7, 2006 11:06 PM

Prince, my dear, Previti doesn't need a amnesty to be free. He was released after two days. Other prisoners, poor devils, are left to rot in jail. All are equal under the law, isn'it?

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | June 7, 2006 10:46 PM


We can send Previti to Albania!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | June 7, 2006 10:02 PM

I don't like Mastella at all. But in this case I think he did the right thing. Amnesty is necessary, the prisons are full and uninhabitable, the most part of the prisoners are little felons, drug addicts or non-EU immigrants. They have not enough money to pay a good lawyer, while the "prominent prisoners" like Previti are out on bail!
I think that the amnesty can restore a little bit justice.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | June 7, 2006 08:26 PM

Stupid question:

Why Mastella is there while DiPietro was available?

I't like telling a shoemaker to bake bread.

What the hell is Mortadellaman doing?????

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | June 7, 2006 06:15 PM

jails in Italy should be located on old rusting boats prone to accidents.

Posted by: giulio porta a porta | June 7, 2006 05:16 PM

Good for Grillo. I cannot believe that after having gone through all the stress of voting in the Italian elections - gathering information, going to meetings and presentations, working out who to vote for, reading Grillo every day, deciding on di Pietro's list - and then nearly losing the elections (again) - that we have got lumbered with a Guardasigillo like Mastella (great juridical expert) whose first "official" utterance is not to say he wants to make fiscal fraud a criminal offence again, or provide investigators and judges with the means to make the legal system quicker and more efficient, or to get rid of Fini's stupid law on instead he wants an "amnesty". I agree with John, why not just abolish crime altogether while he's at it?
Dear Romano Prodi, please put a muzzle on Mastella and stick him in a corner with a dunce's cap until he works out what Italy's priorities are for a legal system that actually works.

Posted by: Maureen Lister | June 7, 2006 03:03 PM

Erm ... if you have an amnesty, why bother with having laws at all? I suspect the point about financial crime makes a lot of sense, given the propensity of elected officials to stick their nose into dirty cash troughs on every possible occasion.


Posted by: John | June 7, 2006 12:44 PM

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