A brass band played music from “The Godfather” movie at the funeral of purported Italian crime boss Vittorio Casamonica on Thursday (August 21).
His lavish send-off in Rome saw a horse-drawn hearse and a helicopter showering mourners with red rose petals.
Italian politicians were outraged at the extravagant display for a man whose family has been accused of racketeering and extortion.
Giovanni Segatori said the atmosphere inside the church was more solemn.
“The funeral in the church was very sober and simple, the people inside the church followed the ceremony with care and attention, some of them had confession and communion.” They were very self-controlled,” Segatori said.
Rome city hall said on Thursday that Vittorio Casamonica himself was the subject of “many investigations into Roman criminality”.
“Never again. Rome cannot be defaced by those who want it to became the set of the Godfather,” Matteo Orfini, president of the ruling Democratic Party, wrote on Twitter.
The hard-left SEL party called on Interior Minister Angelino Alfano to explain how such a funeral could take place.
“These funerals might seem like a folkloric custom, but in reality, they send a clear message of impunity on the part of the clans: we still exist and we are powerful,” SEL politicians Arturo Scotto and Celeste Costantino wrote in a statement.
“That is unacceptable in a democratic state.”