With 11 votes in favor and 10 against, the Superior Council of the Judiciary has appointed Catello Maresca as judge in the Court of Appeal in Campobasso. But the controversy immediately broke out over the appointment because Catella Maresca – who is known in Italy for his wars against the Casalesi and the arrest of Michele Zagaria – today is also opposition leader in the city council in Naples, city where he was a center-right mayoral candidate in the autumn administrative elections of 4-5 October.
So just the fact that continue to sit on the benches of the municipal opposition and also play the role of magistrate it has aroused contrary reactions in many exponents of Campania politics. First of all the former mayor, and also a magistrate, Luigi De Magistris. But Maresca goes on his way and to the media who interviewed him he replied: “Proud to return to my work, for the rest I will try to make a contribution to the growth of my city as a civic”.
Beyond the controversy, Catello Maresca is one of the best known Italian magistrates, and he became so mainly for his investigations in the Anti-Mafia Division who focused mainly on the business of the Casalesi but above all with the arrest of the superboss Michele Zagaria.
Forty-nine years old, he was born in Naples on May 14, 1972. It was 1999 when he won the competition in the judiciary and was assigned to the section on financial and economic crimes. Eight years later he enters in the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Naples to occupy the place vacated by Raffaele Cantone.
It is October 2007 when he takes office, six months later he is in the midst of the campaign against the Camorra and he is called to deal with Giuseppe Setola’s escape from house arrest. A month later, he has already earned his reputation as a ‘Camorra hunter’ and ends up under guard (he still is today).
His most important professional success is the capture of the boss of the Casalesi clan, Michele Zagaria, coordinating the third section of the Naples Mobile Squad.
It is December 7, 2011 (same date on which the CSM appointed him for the Court of Appeal of Campobasso) the agents break into a house in Casapesenna, in the Caserta area. They find the bunker under the floor of the house: there is hidden Zagaria, the head of the most ferocious Camorra clan of the time, wanted since 1995. The boss is forced to surrender and surrender himself to the police.
An investigation that saw him working on that case, together with the mobile team, for almost four years and that together with other investigations against organized crime, for example Gomorrah, earned him the appointment of one of the most authoritative and esteemed magistrates in Italy.
Then the descent into politics, for “my city” he said announcing his candidacy but with a single reference that has always remained firm in his life: the judiciary and the fight for legality.