The feud between magistrates for the Milan prosecutor’s office. Already in motion the “snipers”

The feud between magistrates for the Milan prosecutor’s office. Already in motion the “snipers”
The feud between magistrates for the Milan prosecutor’s office. Already in motion the “snipers”

T he script has been repeated unchanging for years. Whenever maneuvers begin within the judiciary for the assignment of an important chair, a position capable of controlling trials and investigations, what Luca Palamara in his book calls “the Sniper” arrives. Against one of the candidates, mysterious hands inevitably trigger scoops and rumors. The result is almost always achieved: the candidate is crippled, the way is opened to other names.

This is also what is happening in the match for one of the most important appointments of the Italian judiciary: the appointment of the Milan Prosecutor, the successor of Francesco Greco, the current boss who will retire on 13 November. And to be targeted is one of the most authoritative candidates for the office: Giuseppe “Jimmy” Amato, current head of the Public Prosecutor of Bologna. An expert and balanced magistrate, who also came out immaculate from the Palamara chats (although he belonged to his own current, Unicost). And now struggling with very timely disciplinary problems.

The problems arise from the papers sent to the Higher Council of the Judiciary by the Trento Public Prosecutor’s Office, led by Sandro Raimondi. Raimondi directs a delicate investigation on the dark side of the Cantina di Mezzocorona, one of the giants of Trentino wine, protagonist of the purchase of some land in Sicily attributable to mafia environments: including the famous “Feudo Arancio”, which would have led to the super-flattering Matteo Messina Money. The Trento public prosecutor seizes the land, the president of Mezzocorona Luca Rigotti appeals to the Review and wins. Rigotti is a friend of the president of the court, Guglielo Avolio, who abstains from the hearing. But Rigotti’s driver is intercepted while talking to a lawyer: it turns out that Avolio “has set up a safe boarding school for us.” The Trento Public Prosecutor’s Office transmits the interceptions to the CSM. And the president Avolio is removed from office.

But in the interceptions left for Rome there is also more. These are conversations where Jimmy Amato also appears, who knows the Trentino environment well because he has worked under the Paganella for years. Amato seems to be intercepted while speaking with Rigotti: it is a conversation that the Trento Public Prosecutor considers neutral, irrelevant, and that he transmits to Rome only for the sake of completeness. But here someone notices it, and decides to use it against Amato. And the tam tam starts.

The race for the Milanese Public Prosecutor’s Office is officially stopped at the starting blocks. Before putting it on the agenda, the CSM must resolve another thorny issue, the appointment of the Rome prosecutor, after the choice of the current head Michele Prestipino was canceled by the TAR. The file on Rome apparently will not be closed before the end of November, and only at that point will the discussion on the new head of Milan begin: a delicate choice, because it is a question of bringing the Ambrosian Public Prosecutor’s Office out of the swamp of poisons in which it has sunk. in the last months. In fact, behind the scenes, the great maneuvers have already begun around the nine nominations that have arrived at the CSM. Three appear in pole position: those of Amato, of the attorney general of Florence Marcello Viola and of the deputy prosecutor of Milan Maurizio Romanelli. But Viola is probably destined for Rome, and Romanelli risks being penalized by having completed almost his entire career in Milan: once it would have been an advantage, with the air that pulls he has become a handicap. So Amato’s candidacy seemed to be the most natural choice. Until the Sniper arrived.

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