Nicola Mancino

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Nicola Mancino
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President of the Italian Senate
In office
9 May 1996 – 29 May 2001
President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Himself (acting)
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Preceded by Carlo Scognamiglio Pasini
Succeeded by Marcello Pera
Acting President of Italy
In office
15 May 1999 – 18 May 1999
Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema
Preceded by Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Succeeded by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Italian Minister of the Interior
In office
28 June 1992 – 10 May 1994
Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Preceded by Vincenzo Scotti
Succeeded by Roberto Maroni
Personal details
Born (1931-10-15) 15 October 1931 (age 82)
Montefalcione, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian People's Party

Nicola Mancino (born 15 October 1931) is an Italian politician. He was President of the Italian Senate from 1996 to 2001. He was also Minister of the Interior from 1992 to 1994.

Early life[edit]

Mancino was born in Montefalcione, province of Avellino (Campania). He became first provincial and then regional secretary of Democrazia Cristiana (Italy's Christian Democratic Party), being elected for the first time in the Italian Senate in 1976. So far he had been reconfirmed in all subsequent elections.

Minister of the Interior[edit]

He was Minister of the Interior from 1992 to 1994. On 1 July 1992 Borsellino had a meeting with Mancino, who at the time had just been named as Minister. Mancino however always denied that he had met Borsellino.[1] In a television interview of 24 July 2009, judge Giuseppe Ayala said that:[1]

Mancino himself told me that he had met Borsellino on 1 July 1992. More: Mancino showed me his meeting agenda with the name of Borsellino on it

However, later Ayala refuted these words in an interview to magazine Sette. A personal agenda in possess of Borsellino's family, has an annotation by the judge saying: "1 July h 19:30 : Mancino".[2] Vittorio Aliquò, the other magistrate who was interviewing Mutolo at the time of ministry's phone call, later declared that he had accompanied Borsellino "up to the threshold of the minister's office".[3] In 2007 a letter from Paolo Borsellino's brother, Salvatore, was published. Entitled 19 luglio 1992: Una strage di stato ("19 July 1992: A state massacre"), the letter supports the hypothesis that Minister of Interiors Nicola Mancino knew the causes of the magistrate's assassination. Borsellino's brother wrote:[4]

I ask Mancino, of whom I remembered, of the years after 1992, a hardly pushed down drop in the commemorations of Paolo in Palermo, to squeeze his memory to tell us what they talked about in the meeting with Paolo in the days immediately before his death. Or to explain us why, after calling my brother to meet him when he was interrogating Gaspare Mutolo, just 48 hours before the massacre, he had him meet the Head of Police Parisi and Bruno Contrada, a meeting from which Paolo got out shattered, at the point that he was seen holding two cigarettes at the same time... In that meeting is surely the key to his death and the Massacre of Via D'Amelio.

Later career[edit]

In 1994, after the dissolution of Democrazia Cristiana, Mancino adhered to the Italian People's Party (PPI), as the most faithful collaborator of its secretary, Mino Martinazzoli. In July of the same year he opposed the alliance with the right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi, and the election of Rocco Buttiglione as secretary.

Later he was a member of The Daisy, born of the left wing of the PPI. After the victory of the left-centre coalition led by Romano Prodi in the 1996 elections, he was President of the Italian Senate from 9 May 1996 to 29 May 2001.

On 24 July 2006, he left the Senate and became part of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura, Italy's senior council of justice. In July 2012, prosecutors in Palermo ordered Mancino to stand trial for withholding evidence on talks between the Italian state and the Mafia during its deadly bombing campaign in 1992 killing the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Borsellino, Salvatore. "Le domande che non avrei voluto fare". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Borsellino, Salvatore. "LA REPLICA DI SALVATORE BORSELLINO AL SEN.MANCINO". Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Alfano, Chicco. "Quell'agenda rossa di Paolo Borsellino...". Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Il fratello di Borsellino: "Mancino ora sveli perché incontrò Paolo"". Il Giornale. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Italy: Ex-interior minister implicated in mafia negotiations, AND Kronos International, 25 July 2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vincenzo Scotti
Italian Minister of the Interior
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Roberto Maroni
Preceded by
Carlo Scognamiglio Pasini
President of the Italian Senate
1996-2001
Succeeded by
Marcello Pera
Preceded by
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
President of Italy
Acting

1999
Succeeded by
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Government offices
Preceded by
Vice President of Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura
2004 - 2010
Incumbent