Caltanissetta

Eight people arrested in Falcone assassination probe

Operation 'fundamental' in shedding light on Capaci massacre

Eight people arrested in Falcone assassination probe

Caltanissetta, April 16 - Police on Tuesday issued eight people with arrests warrants in relation to a probe into the May 1992 bombing that killed anti-mafia prosecuting magistrate Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and three bodyguards. The suspects include Sicilian Mafia boss Salvo Madonia and Palermo fisherman Cosimo D'Amato, who investigators believe procured the explosive used in the attack on the motorway near the town of Capaci near the regional capital. All were already in prison for alleged or convicted mafia crimes. The arrests follow a new investigation based partly on statements by two former members of the Sicilian Mafia who had turned state witnesses. This evidence has thrown new light on the attack, including the role of the Brancaccio mafia clan in its preparation and execution. Chief anti-mafia investigation Arturo De Felice said Tuesday's development represented a ''fundamental piece'' in the puzzle surrounding the Carpaci massacre, which was followed by the assassination of Falcone's friend and fellow anti-mafia magistrare Paolo Borsellino in July 1992. Both are considered national heroes.

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