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Italian president's legal advisor dies of heart attack

Loris D'Ambrosio at center of row with Palermo prosecutors

Italian president's legal advisor dies of heart attack

(ANSA) - Rome, July 26 - Loris D'Ambrosio, a legal advisor to the Italian president at the center of a spat, died Thursday of a heart attack. "It shakes my soul to announce with profound pain the sudden loss of Loris D'Ambrosio, a precious advisor," said President Giorgio Napolitano. "He was an extremely loyal and indefatigable servant of the State". D'Ambrosio, 65, had been at the center of an ongoing row surrounding an investigation into alleged negotiations between the Italian State and the mafia in a bid to stop a series of bomb attacks that claimed the lives of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992. Prosecutors investigating the case tapped conversations between D'Ambrosio and former Senate speaker Nicola Mancino. Napolitano has accused the prosecutors of overstepping their authority and failing to comply with their legal obligation to immediately destroy the recordings. photo: President Giorgio Napolitano

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