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.
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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.