(ANSA) – ROME, JUL 21 – Justice Minister Marta Cartabia said on Wednesday it was not true that mafia and terrorism trials would go up in smoke due to the government’s proposed reform of the delay prescription.
She said the reform did not apply to crimes punishable by death.
Cartabia was addressing the House after the Italian magistrates’ union ANM said the reform does not speed up but “eliminates” trials.
National anti-mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho on Tuesday said the statute of limitations reform “undermines the security of the country,” while the country’s top prosecutor in Ndrangheta, Nicola Gratteri, said the reform would mean that half of the ongoing trials would be timed. outside.
In its current form, the reform framed by Cartabia sets a two-year limit on status for first appeals, and another one-year limit on appeals to the Supreme Court – except mafia and other more serious crimes which would have one -year extension.
The ruling Five Star Movement (M5S) said after the intervention of the two prosecutors that the draft justice reform bill, aimed at speeding up Italy’s notoriously slow system as part of the COVID-funded recovery plan by the EU, had to be amended.
De Raho said the reform could have “very serious” consequences in the fight against the Mafias and terrorism, while Gratteri said it would result in the end of seven major trials against ‘Ndrangheta, the richest Mafia and the most powerful in Italy, in Catanzaro and its surroundings. . (ANSA).
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