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Italian anti-mafia judge and lawyer killed in Namibia crash

State protection lifted just weeks ago

Italian anti-mafia judge and lawyer killed in Namibia crash

(ANSA) - Florence, July 24 - An Italian anti-mafia judge and a Florence lawyer were among three killed in Namibia while on a hunting expedition in the southern African country, the local Italian consolate said Tuesday. Judge Michele Barillaro of the Court of Florence and Roberto Colcellini died late Monday in a head-on collision with a truck in the town of Otjiwarongo, along with a Namibian employee of Colcellini. Once a judge in Sicily, Barillaro was known for writing the decisions in high-profile mafia cases such as the sentences of dozens of perpetrators tied to the bomb attacks that killed anti-mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone in 1992. Once protected by round-the-clock state surveillance, Barillaro had his protection priveleges lifted just weeks ago. Shortly thereafter, a number of Florentine news outlets received anonymous threats aimed at the judge.

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