An entire Public Prosecutor’s Office in the crosshairs of the Higher Council of the Judiciary: and it is the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office, one of the most important in Italy, the forge of investigations that have changed the history of the country. And who now finds himself under accusation, after the poisons of the Eni trial have overflowed, leading to the indictment of the deputy prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale and also of Piercamillo Davigo, former icon of the Mani Pulite pool. But now in the CSM’s sights there are not only individual robes and specific episodes, but the entire management of the Milanese Public Prosecutor’s Office in recent years. And the consequences could be tough.
In the same hours in which the news of Davigo’s registration in the register of suspects for disclosure of official secrecy leaks from Brescia, it turns out that in Rome the first CSM commission has decided to fully understand what happened in Milan. The attorney general Francesca Nanni and the president of the Bar Vinicio Nardo have already been questioned: questions that are partly generic but also very specific, in particular about De Pasquale’s attempt to frame, using a report by the pseudo-repentant Pietro Amara, the president of the Eni trial Marco Tremolada. Those who attended the hearings said that it was in particular Antonino Di Matteo, the former Palermo prosecutor now a member of the CSM, who wanted to dig deeper into the Milanese poisons. And we are only at the beginning: the full list of interrogations is not known, but some names are leaking. There are Tremolada himself, his superior Roberto Bichi, almost all the assistant prosecutors – that is, the “deputies” of chief Francesco Greco – but also simple prosecutors like Francesca Crupi, and one of the veterans of the office, the head of counterterrorism Alberto Nobili. It is a calendar of hearings that will go on until the end of the month, and which is explained only with the intention of the CSM to plumb – albeit with a certain delay – the dynamics that have torn the Milanese Public Prosecutor’s Office, where a substantial number of magistrates appear convinced that a sort of “magic circle” has been welded around the Greek prosecutor, a group of loyalists capable of monopolizing and directing the most important inquiries.
It is against this monopoly that Storari decides to rebel, when he is convinced that the leaders want to cover up Amara’s minutes on the Hungary lodge, and passes the cards to Davigo: but also, a few months later, attacking Greco head-on on the internal chat of the Prosecutor’s Office. From that moment Storari becomes an outcast. But now it turns out that among the base of the office, especially from younger colleagues, a collection of signatures in his defense has started. And this too photographs a prosecutor split in two.
What can the CSM do in this disaster? The first commission has the task of verifying the existence of cases of environmental incompatibility: with the power, in the face of situations that cannot be remedied, to remove one or more of its magistrates from the Prosecutor’s Office. The risk would not be so much Greco, now close to retirement, but – on both sides – above all Storari and De Pasquale. But both are also under criminal proceedings on the initiative of the Brescia Public Prosecutor’s Office, and this could slow down the times of the CSM.
Whatever the case may be, the investigation of the Superior Council – even if for now it is defined only as a “cognitive investigation” – promises to be an unprecedented analysis of the functioning of one of the centers of the national judiciary: especially if, as is possible, some of the questioned, he will dig some stones from his shoe, giving a public voice to the rumbling that goes through the former temple of Mani Pulite. And the situation could become even worse if real disciplinary measures were taken against the protagonists of the clash. The impeachment should be triggered by the Attorney General of the Cassation, Giovanni Salvi, or the Minister of Justice Marta Cartabia. And both, as far as we can tell, are moving. The Cartabia with the dispatch of its inspectors to Milan, Salvi with a confidential job of which so far nothing has been known. But news coming soon.