NEW YORK, JUNE 19 – Judge Giovanni Falcone legacy was honored today in New York: “The international legal framework for fight to organized crime owes much to his intuitions and ideas”, the Italian Minister for Justice Andrea Orlando said today during a high-level debate on transnational organized crime.
“Falcone was an example to the international community in the fight against Mafias”, Orlando told the meeting convened by the Presidente of the General Assembly Peter Thomson and UNOCD. “He understood organized crime, he forecast its globalization and the need for international cooperation”. Organized crime, though, is growing faster the institutional responses, hence the need for a strong international cooperation. “States who don’t agree on this can be considered accomplices”, said the Italian minister calling upon the International community too “follow the money”.
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 – was 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.” Maria, Falcone, the Judge’s sister and the president of the Foundation created in his honor, attended the meetings.
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. (@OnuItalia)