Posted by Media Outrage on July 25, 2008
On Wednesday Lucia Riina married Vincenco Bellomo in the town of Corleone that was made famous during the epic Godfather Trilogy. What makes this particular broom jumping newsworthy is the fact that Lucia Riina is the daughter of incarcerated Sicilian Mafia “Boss of All Bosses” Salvatore “Tito” Riina. It seems that life is imitating art in this particular instance. Below is a picture of Salvatore Riini.
Lucia Riina, his 28-year-old daughter, was married on Wednesday and, in the absence of her father, given away by her brother Giuseppe.
Besides her father, other members of Lucia’s extended family also could not attend, including brother Gianni and uncle Leoluca Bagarella, who were also Mafia bosses and are also behind bars.
“Our thoughts go to those who could not be here,” the groom, Vincenco Bellomo, told the guests, according to reports in Italian newspapers.
Giuseppe, who was freed from jail in February after serving time for Mafia crimes, also thanked their father, whose Mafia nickname was “the Beast” because of his ruthlessness. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Media Outrage on October 23, 2007
This is not a movie folks…
irio Abbate has an unwelcome distinction among Italian journalists: correspondent in Sicily for the state news agency Ansa and La Stampa newspaper, he has had his own armed police escort for the past six months.
When anti-Mafia investigators using wiretaps heard mobsters discussing how to silence 37-year-old Abbate in revenge for his news reports and book about their illegal activities, police decided to give him and his wife a police escort.
Last month two men were disturbed while trying to put a bomb under his car in Palermo. A few days ago, wiretaps on a jailed Mafia godfather relayed fresh talk about how to silence pesky Sicilian journalists, in particular Ansa’s newsroom in Palermo.
A married father of two, Abbate has decided to remain in his native Sicily despite figuring prominently on the Mafia hit list.
“If I left after they put a bomb under my car, I would be setting a bad example to other Sicilians,”
“This way I am showing that I am not afraid, that the state is protecting me, and that I will carry on.”
Abbate knows he has good reason to be afraid.
“They have killed eight journalists in Sicily since the 1970s. When the Mafia has problems with journalists, they kill them,” he said. “But now the police in Sicily are much more effective than they used to be.“
Abbate angered the Mafia with a book published this year called “The Accomplices” about links between politicians and “boss of bosses” Bernardo Provenzano — jailed in 2006 after 43 years on the run.
He believes that right now the mob has more to gain from “sowing fear and intimidation” than murdering him.
“If there were a massacre in Sicily, the place would fill up with investigators and there would be lots of media attention. And the Mafia likes to keep things quiet so that they can get on with business,” he said. “Business is very good at the moment.”
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