"Going to read this gigantic sentence, not for the number of pages but for the intellectual and moral dimension of the reconstruction of facts and circumstances, of the correct interpretation of the facts, one has the conviction that finally there is a judicial act on the subject , although as far as I'm concerned, all previous judicial documents had been acquittals ”. The former minister Calogero Mannino said in an interview with the LiveSicilia website, commenting on the reasons for the appeal sentence that had acquitted him of the accusation of threats against the state's political body. The former politician, also acquitted in the first instance, had been tried in an excerpt of the procedure on the so-called state-mafia negotiation. Mannino specifies that he was acquitted "by the accusation of 416 bis four times, more acquitted in the relative prevention measures, both in Agrigento and at the Court of Appeal of Palermo, and there are six of them. Two acquittals in the process of the Sicilian tangentopoli. Two on the negotiation and ten. Two to the court of ministers and they are twelve ”. “All the trials in my opinion – he adds – denote a specific will of some public prosecutor to accuse me at any cost. This sentence, for example, speaks of absolute illogicality, not only of groundlessness, it speaks of incongruent accusations. A judicial error that is repeated and amplified ". Regarding the possible appeal to the Cassation by the prosecutor Mannino says: "The Palermo public prosecutor may also go to the Cassation. As far as I'm concerned, I don't think there are any problems after two acquittals. Then, if they want to save the state money, since they have wasted so many … The first instance sentence was 800 pages, now 1,245 pages, these judges had to examine an infinite number of papers. And they did it with extreme scruple, I repeat, this is a monumental sentence ”. On the phrase having "trust in the judiciary" the former minister explains: "It is a hypocrite phrase. In the major national newspapers, there is no news of this ruling. Newspapers that have reserved full pages for the prosecution are failing to report. And this is determined by this combined media-judicial circuit which is a serious, serious political problem that this country will have to face one day. I see a subsidiary role in a certain press regarding judicial actions. "
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