A book that lets you immerse yourself in the world of assets confiscated from the mafia, an enormous wealth of wealth accumulated by the mafia clans through their activities and which, thanks to law 109 of 1996 approved following a popular initiative proposed by Libera and their social reuse, are returned to the community.
The tip of the iceberg of their mismanagement, of the closure of companies confiscated from the mafia, of economic speculation by the appointed administrators, can be considered the so-called “Saguto case” and its “magic circle”, named after the former president of the Prevention Measures section of the Palermo court Silvana Saguto sentenced to eight years and six months in prison. In addition, seven years and six months are given to the lawyer Gaetano Cappellano Seminara, the “king” of judicial administrators, six years and ten months for the former professor of the Kore Carmelo Provenzano and three years for the former prefect of Palermo Francesca Cannizzo . These are heavy sentences for the “magic circle” that revolved around Silvana Saguto, defined as the most powerful judge of the anti-mafia until five years ago.
A story that led to the uncovering of a cauldron which judges, lawyers, chancellors, judicial administrators, experts, collaborators, relatives, various friends, university professors, accountants, prefects, generals and various military personnel gorged without restraint, and an indistinct other number of people always careful to share crumbs and succulent dishes of entrepreneurs to whom it was easy to attach the label of mafia to proceed with the seizure of their assets.
In fact, in Italy, nine out of ten companies confiscated from the mafia go bankrupt. We hardly hear about virtuous management during the management of the commissioners in charge of the management of confiscated assets and, above all, we often forget to analyze these cases in order to understand how it is possible to restore legality while remaining within the logic of the market in which companies move. The history of the Catania transport company Geotrans is exceptional for this, because it demonstrates that it is possible to break the pattern according to which the most likely end of a company removed from organized crime is closure.
“Legality travels with confiscated companies”. This is the writing that stands out on the Geotrans vehicles, stolen from the mafia in 2014 and today a virtuous example of a healthy and vital company. A goal achieved thanks to the courage of those who, like Luciano Modica, wearing the role of judicial administrator, then sole director and today chairman of the board of directors of the current cooperative company form, fought against the closure that initially seemed inevitable. But also thanks to the far-sightedness of the then president of CNA Fita, Cinzia Franchini, who saw the Mafia metastases before others even within the representative associations; and thanks to the bet of a large cooperative entrepreneurial reality – Coop Alleanza 3.0 – which has reached out to a company that has just been freed from the tentacles of organized crime, entrusting it with a large portion of its work, becoming its main customer.
The story of Geotrans is told by the journalist Giuseppe Leonelli who, through an accurate reconstruction of the facts from the spring of 2014 to today, a series of interviews with the protagonists of this story and a broader analysis dedicated to the Sicilian economy and economy of the mafia, offers an engaging story of courage and social redemption in his book “Si può fare – Geotrans, story of a company confiscated from the mafia”. The book is also a cross-section of the scourge that has made Italy a less free and less sovereign country.
The author: Giuseppe Leonelli was born in Pavullo in 1980 and lives on the outskirts of Modena. Professional journalist, he worked on the “Gazzetta di Modena” and “Resto del Carlino” in the editorial offices of Modena and Rimini. He was deputy director of “Information” in Modena and director of the newspaper “Prima Pagina” in Modena and Reggio Emilia for four years. For years he has been dealing with the political and economic reality of Emilia-Romagna, deepening issues related on the one hand to the rooting of organized crime in the Emilia area, and on the other to the contradictions of the anti-mafia world. He is director of the online newspapers “La Pressa” and “L’Occidentale”.
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