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National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Franco Roberti to Masterclassers: “Rights must be protected every day”

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“Rights cannot be taken for granted, they must be protected every day”. This passage is among the highlights of the meeting between National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Franco Roberti, Chief Prosecutor of the Italian 


“Rights cannot be taken for granted, they must be protected every day”. This passage is among the highlights of the meeting between National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Franco Roberti, Chief Prosecutor of the Italian Republic in Salerno Corrado Lembo and the 100 Giffoni Film Festival Masterclassers.

The meeting, focusing on legality and entrepreneurship, was opened by Lembo: “I much prefer the word justice to the word legality – he stressed – because it evokes something ethical”. Roberti went on about the importance of the rule of law: “The difference between an absolute power and the rule of law lies in that the latter doesn’t grant but rather recognizes a set of rights, which must be always protected in the interest of citizens; everyone has to play his part in that”. “Trust must be the key word for institutions – added Roberti- something which must be earned and deserved. Trust is established when citizens know that institutions act on their interest, and, to be able to do so, institutions must learn to listen to citizens”.

The National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor also mentioned all the magistrates, politicians and members of the police forces who died while fighting organized crime: Piersanti Mattarella, Gaetano Costa, La Torre, Dalla Chiesa, Falcone and Borsellino. Yet “there is still a great deal to be done, success can be only achieved when no more fertile ground will be provided for organized crime to flourish”.
Roberti’s latest remark focused on Totò Riina and the polemic against his hypothetical release: “According to article 27, penalties must be retributive, must respect the dignity of detainees and must aim, and I want to stress the aim, to rehabilitate them. Although rehabilitation is possible even for people who’ve soiled their hands with the most serious and heinous crimes, Reina is still acknowledged as the boss of Cosa Nostra. It’s up to Mr. Riina to choose whether to regret or not, which he hasn’t done so far, so he shall remain in prison”.

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