Sicilian gangster nicknamed “the killer of people” gets out of jail
- “People Slayer” Giovanni Brusca, who worked for the infamous mafia group Cosa Nostra, was released from prison after only 25 years.
- Brusca has confessed to his involvement in dozens of brutal murders, including that of a rival’s 11-year-old son.
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Giovanni Brusca, a Sicilian mafia boss nicknamed “People Slayer” for the many murders he has committed, has been released after serving only 25 years in prison and many, including several families of the victims, are not happy. .
Brusca, 64, who has confessed to playing a role in more than 100 brutal killings and admitted to detonating a bomb that killed Judge Giovanni Falcone, is now a free man after becoming a state informant.
Brusca was arrested in 1996, four years after his attack on Falcone, Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor, who also killed Falcone’s wife and three bodyguards.
While working for the infamous mafia group Cosa Nostra, Brusca was also involved in the murder of Giuseppe Di Matteo, the 11-year-old son of a rival gangster. Brusca ordered the boy to be kidnapped, tortured, strangled, and then his remains dissolved so his family could not bury him properly.
“He only collaborated with the justice system to obtain the benefits, it was not a personal and intimate choice,” Rosaria Costa, the widow of a police officer who died in the Falcone bombing, told the newspaper. Corriere della Sera.
CNN reports that Brusca “provided investigators with information about several deadly Cosa Nostra attacks in the 1980s and 1990s and testified at a trial about alleged negotiations between Italian officials and Mafiosi to stop the bombings “.
“No matter what one may think of the atrocities he committed at the time, there was a collaboration … Let’s not forget that he gave information about attacks both in Sicily and in mainland Italy, “said chief anti-mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho. Reuters. “Obviously, the judges thought it was the appropriate prison sentence. “
Tina Montinaro, the wife of one of the bodyguards who was killed in the Falcone explosion, told the Republic newspaper, “The state is against us – after 29 years we still don’t know the truth about the massacre and Giovanni Brusca, the man who destroyed my family, is free.”
Several politicians have expressed their anger at Brusca’s release from prison.
“It’s a punch in the stomach that takes your breath away,” said Enrico Letta, the leader of the Democratic Party.
“After 25 years in prison, the boss of the Mafia Giovanni Brusca is a free man. It is not the “justice” that Italians deserve, “said Matteo Salvini, leader of the League party.
Salvini added: “A person who committed these acts, who dissolved a child in acid, who killed Falcone, is in my opinion a wild beast and cannot get out of prison.”
Falcone’s sister, Maria, was however more fatalistic in her response, saying she was “saddened” by the news, but “it is the law, a law wanted by my brother and which must be respected”.
Brusca will now be on parole for the next four years.