Do you agree with Piero Grasso and Antonio Ingroia that Riina must have taken many secrets involving powerful men to his grave, and they are now breathing a sigh of relief?
I don’t think he was hiding such great secrets.
So, in effect, this is also an aggrandizing vision of him.
I remember the powerful men brought down in connection with Riina. For example, one of the most important politicians of the country, Giulio Andreotti, was tried for Mafia connections. Or a renowned businessman like Michele Sindona. Even Silvio Berlusconi has been involved in accusations brought by former Mafia bosses. I don’t think what Riina took to his grave could have involved anyone more prominent than these people.
People often say it would have been about corrupt people working for the intelligence services.
Like the mysterious “Mr. Franco”? And who was he? If he ever existed, he was probably just a lieutenant like any other. With his advisers, his lawyers, his financiers. But it’s ridiculous to think he could have been leading a global empire; that is just an oversimplification.
And the mysteries connected to the Falcone and Borsellino murders?
But why not also the Dalla Chiesa, Pio La Torre or Piersanti Mattarella killings? Those who talk about secrets never uncovered about the massacres of ’92 are those career experts who have a certain way of looking at things. But it is not credible.
There are no mysteries at all, from your point of view?
There are, of course. But this kind of babble will not get us closer to solving them.
What kind of babble?
Take, for instance, Ingroia, when he had the body of the Sicilian bandit, Giuliano, exhumed in order to prove it was not his body — but it was. Or those who keep talking about mysterious secret documents regarding the Portella della Ginestra massacre, when we know already who were the perpetrators and who gave the orders.
What importance do you think Riina’s death has?
It’s a biological end, nothing more. His historical role was long over. He was a character who led a criminal power structure of unprecedented extent.