Statement by PM Draghi on anniversary of the via D’Amelio bombing
19 July 2022
“Today, we remember the mafia bombing of via D’Amelio that killed the judge Paolo Borsellino and the police escort agents Agostino Catalano, Vincenzo Li Muli, Walter Eddie Cosina, Claudio Traina and Emanuela Loi.
Borsellino is a hero of the Republic: together with Giovanni Falcone, he dealt severe blows to the leaders of Cosa Nostra and laid the foundations for a new, modern and effective way of fighting the mafia.
The murder of Giovanni Falcone fifty-seven days earlier did not diminish Borsellino’s determination to pursue investigations into Cosa Nostra. His death remains a stain on our history and on our institutions that failed to protect him.
In commemorating Borsellino’s work and his courage, sense of duty and sense of the State, we must continue searching for the truth about mafia violence and intensify our anti-mafia efforts.
This is the best way to commemorate those who have lost their lives serving Italy, and to truly express our sympathy to their loved ones”.