Governments have only tackled the mafia “in alternating phases,” Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso told the National AntiMafia Authority Friday. “Many laws only came after a wave of massacres and arrest, in the wake of grievous loss and scandals,” said Grasso, a former national anti-mafia prosecutor. “Tension then eased and everything returned towards normalisation”, he said at Bagno a Ripoli near Florence.
Grasso also called on national anti-mafia prosecutors to be less tempted to try to claim the media glare.
“In order to overcome decay, to free politics and administrations from graft, we need a credible and transparent leadership class, but also an anti-mafia (apparatus) that can look inside and abandon sensationalism, protagonism, the pretended primacy of each actor, as well as a rush to get public and private funding”.