Pope picks anti-mafia judge for Vatican

epa05021665 Public prosecutor of Rome, Giuseppe Pignatone, during a press conference in Rome, Italy 12 November 2015, over the anti terrorism operation in which 17 arrest warrants for Iraqi Kurds on terrorism-related charges have issued in a Europe-wide blitz. Faraj Ahmad Najmuddin, alias Mullah Krekar, led the jihadist ring that Italy's Carabinieri police helped dismantle from a Norwegian jail, investigative sources said. Mullah Krekar founded the Ansar Al-Islam Islamist terrorist group in 2001. The operation was launched simultaneously in several European countries and was coordinated by Eurojust, the EU's judicial cooperation unit. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Pope Francis appointed Giuseppe Pignatone, a former prosecutor in Rome where he coordinated historic prosecutions of Mafia leaders, as President of the Vatican City State Court.

Vatican justice has until now been criticized for its poor ability to handle cases that go beyond petty crime, so the arrival in the Vatican of such an experienced lawyer, especially in complex organized crime, is highly significant.

Following the Vatican judiciary’s expose of a case of embezzlement involving the Secretariat of State, Francis decided Oct. 3 to strike hard by appointing an organized crime expert to head the Vatican City State Court in the person of Pignatone.

He is 70 years old and has spent 45 years of his life in the Italian judiciary fighting the mafia

Alongside prosecutors Giancarlo Caselli and Piero Grasso, he attacked Cosa Nostra and the politicians it corrupted, including the former mayor of Palermo, Vito Ciancimino, and the one-time president of Sicily, Totò Cuffaro.

He left the public prosecutor’s office May 8, having reached the age limit.

Via La Croix

%d bloggers like this: