Francesco Musotto (born on 1 February 1947 in Palermo) is an Italian politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Islands (elected for the first time in 1999). He is the son of Giovanni Musotto, a notable professor in criminal law at the University of Palermo and member Italian Socialist Party (Italian: Partito Socialista Italiano, PSI).
Francesco Musotto, a former member of the PSI like his father, is currently with Forza Italia (part of the European People's Party), sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development, is a substitute for the Committee on Fisheries, and of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. He is also the current President of the Province of Palermo.
Francesco Musotto was arrested on November 8, 1995, for collusion with the Mafia. He was forced to resign as president of the province of Palermo, but he was immediately re-elected after his acquittal in April 1998. Musotto said he knew mafiosi because he had been their lawyer and claimed he never had asked for votes from Cosa Nostra.
- European Parliament biography of Francesco Musotto (incl. Speeches, Questions and Motions)
- Declaration (PDF) of financial interests (Italian)
- Jamieson, The Antimafia, p. 215
- Jamieson, Alison (2000). The Antimafia: Italy’s fight against organized crime, London: Macmillan, ISBN 0-333-80158-X.
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