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Italy: Slain anti-mafia judge Falcone remembered 25 years on


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Italy: Slain anti-mafia judge Falcone remembered 25 years on

Quarter of a century after he was murdered by the Mob, top anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone was honoured in Italy on Tuesday.

It was May 23 1992 when the judge’s car was blown up by a half-ton bomb on a motorway in Sicily. His wife and three bodyguards also died.

Some 25 years on, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, whose own brother was killed by the Sicilian Mafia, led a ceremony in Falcone’s honour.



The ceremony was held at the bunker-style courthouse in Palermo where dozens in the Cosa Nostra crime group were convicted in the late 1980s and early 1990s. That made Judge Falcone a target and he paid with his life.

The anniversary commemorations also marked the killing 25 years ago this July of fellow judge Paolo Borsellino. He, too, was murdered in a Mafia bombing, along with five policemen.

In Italy, both men are considered national heroes.