On Tuesday, Italy is marking the 30th anniversary of the Via d’Amelio Cosa Nostra bombing in Palermo in which anti-mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino and five members of his security detail were murdered. Emanuela Loi, Agostino Catalano, Vincenzo Li Muli, Walter Eddie Cosina, and Claudio Traina were the names of the bodyguards.
The attack took place just two months after the Mafia assassination of Borsellino’s friend and colleague Giovanni Falcone, as well as his wife, Francesca Morvillo, and police officers Rocco Dicillo, Antonio Montinaro and Vito Schifani by a huge bomb detonated under their cars on the Palermo-airport highway.
On Tuesday, President Sergio Mattarella paid tribute to Borsellino and his bodyguards and called for a “spirit of truth” in relation to the ongoing trials to find all those responsible for the attack and get to the bottom of efforts that had been deployed to throw the investigation off track. There is bitterness among relatives of victims at a recent sentence by a court in Caltanissetta that ruled the case against two police officers accused of involvement in derailing the probe had timed out. National anti-mafia prosecutor Giovanni Melillo apologized for the failed course that the investigations had taken in an interview with Corriere della Sera.