Remembering Falcone and Borsellino

About thirty years ago, the Italian judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino were active in their work against the mafia. In 1992, they were both murdered with hidden bombs, which also killed several others including Falcone’s wife Francesca Morvillo. Now we are reminded of this, because an involved former leader of a Sicilian Mafia group was released from prison.

Less know are the suspicions that members of the Italian secret services were involved with the mafia in the murders of Falcone and Borsellino or were even the true culprits of all. There have actually been many connections between mafia and government, not only in Italy. For example, during World War II, the United States made a secret pact with the Italian mafia. After the war, the CIA is reported to have continued the relation with mafia. Thus, there could be many, who don’t want the whole truth to be revealed.

The legal battle against the Italian mafia, with links to white-collar accountants, politicians and government employees, is still ongoing.

One of the famous quotes by Falcone is:

He who is silent and bows his head dies every time he does so. He who speaks aloud and walks with his head held high dies only once.

The last interview of Paolo Borsellino, on May 21, 1992, two days before Giovanni Falcone’s killing and two months before Borsellino’s death. Source: Jeanne Pierre Moscardo and Fabrizio Calvi (Canal+) / Wikimedia Commons