Ingroia opts to 'leave' but not 'resign' from magistrature

Self-suspension keeps door open for possible return

Ingroia opts to 'leave' but not 'resign' from magistrature

Aosta, June 19 - Ex-anti-mafia prosecutor Antonio Ingroia chose to stop working as a State attorney but will not resign, his boss, the chief prosecutor in the northwestern city of Aosta, Marilinda Meneccia, said on Wednesday. The decision effectively suspends him from the post and implies that Ingroia, who sparked allegations of political bias in the judiciary when he went into politics last December, will be declared out of the judiciary but could eventually ask to return to work as a magistrate. After his disappointing foray into politics in February's general elections, Ingroia clashed with the judiciary's self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) in April following its decision to appoint him as deputy prosecutor in Aosta. The surrounding region, Val d'Aosta, is the only one in which Ingroia did not stand for elected office with his left-wing Civil Revolution party when he stepped aside from his role as magistrate to run in general elections. Ingroia, previously an anti-mafia prosecutor in Palermo, said at the time the CSM's decision to post him in Aosta was a 'punishment' for entering politics. Earlier this month Menneccia initiated action against Ingroia in Italy's supreme Cassation Court alleging he continued to pursue his political interests longer than permitted. The prosecutor had been allowed to take a temporary leave from office to campaign for election but allegedly continued in politics even after his party folded following its debacle in the national vote. On Wednesday Ingroia said leaving his work as a prosecutor was a "much-suffered and difficult decision", adding however that he could not continue to "suffer discrimination from politicians in the CSM" which forced him "to react".

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