Giovanni Brusca Released From Jail After 25 Years on Parole for 4 Years
Giovanni Brusca, an Italian mafia boss, has been released after serving 25 years in jail. His release has outraged Italians and his victim’s relatives.
He was arrested in 1996, 4 years after he exploded the bomb that killed Giovanni Falcone, an Italian magistrate.
Brusca is also known as the “The Slayer.” He was involved in over 100 murders and dissolved a young boy’s body with acid. The attack also killed three police officers and the wife of Falcone.
Giovanni Brusca turned into state witness and helped prosecutors in their crackdown against the Cosa Nostra clans. He told police about various deadly Cosa Nostra attacks carried out in 1980 and 1990 and testified in a trial over alleged negotiations between Italian officials and mobsters to stop the bombings.
“A person who committed these acts, dissolved a child in acid, who killed Falcone, is, in my opinion, a wild beast and cannot get out of prison,” Matteo Salvini, leader of the League Party, said.
Court has released Giovanni Brusca on parole condition for four years. 64-year-old mafia was released on Monday from Rome’s Rebibbia prison.
He has collaborated with justice only to get the benefits. It was not a personal, intimate choice,” Rosaria Costa, the widow of a policeman who died in the Falcone bombing, told daily newspaper CDellare della Sera.”
Maria Falcone, the sister of the judge who died in the blast, said she was “saddened” by the news that the law gave Brusca the right to leave prison.
What is the parole’s condition?
Parole is conditional freedom for a prison inmate. The prisoner (called a “parolee”) gets out from behind bars but has to live up to a series of responsibilities. A parolee who doesn’t follow the rules risks going back into custody.
“Regardless of what one may think of the atrocities he committed at the time, there was a collaboration… Let us not forget that he gave information on bombings both in Sicily and in mainland Italy,” chief anti-mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho told Reuters.
“Clearly, the judges believed this was the appropriate jail term for him,” he added.
“This is not the ‘justice’ that Italians deserve,” said Matteo Salvini, head of the right-wing League, which leads in opinion polls