ROME, MAY 23 – As non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Italy has decided to honor Italian judge Giovanni Falcone by holding a high level debate in his memory at the UN General Assembly on 19 June.
“The purpose of the debate – the Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano announced on May 23, the 25th anniversary of the Capaci attack in which Falcone was killed near Palermo while investigating against the Mafia – is to discuss the implementation of the Palermo Convention (UNTOC), 17 years since it was signed, and the potential for it to be adapted to the new challenges of preventing transnational crime.”
Alfano stressed that “the Capaci massacre on 23rd May, twenty-five years ago, did not stop Giovanni Falcone’s ideas. In fact these ideas inspired Italy’s anti-mafia legislation, which is the most advanced in the world. It is no coincidence that the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime was signed in Palermo, in 2000, to pay tribute to Falcone’s birthplace.”
From his office in the Palace of Justice in Palermo (Sicily), Judge Falcone spent most of his professional life trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian Mafia. After a long and distinguished career, culminating in the famous “Maxi Trial” in 1986-1987, he was killed by the Corleonesi Mafia family in May 1992, on the A29 motorway near the town of Capaci.
The UN debate on June 19, according to Alfano, will be the best way to remember Judge Falcone and to ensure that his ideas will inspire legislation both in Italy and in all the Member States of the United Nations. (@OnuItalia)