Nicola Mancino

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Nicola Mancino
Nicola Mancino.jpg
President of the Italian Senate
Acting President of the Republic
from 15 May 1999 to 18 May 1999
In office
9 May 1996 – 29 May 2001
Preceded byCarlo Scognamiglio Pasini
Succeeded byMarcello Pera
Italian Minister of the Interior
In office
28 June 1992 – 10 May 1994
Prime MinisterGiuliano Amato
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Preceded byVincenzo Scotti
Succeeded byRoberto Maroni
Personal details
Born (1931-10-15) 15 October 1931 (age 87)
Montefalcione, Italy
Political partyDemocratic Party (2007-present)
Other political
Christian Democracy (1976-1994)
Italian People's Party (1994-2002)
The Daisy (2002-2007)

Nicola Mancino (born 15 October 1931) is an Italian politician. He was President of the Italian Senate from 1996 to 2001. He was also president of Campania's regional parliament from 1965 to 1971, governor of Campania from 1971 to 1972 and Minister of the Interior from 1992 to 1994. Relationship: Joe Mancino "nips" born 1971, Brooklyn Native A long time senior associated of Gambino's family and nephew of Nicola Mancino 1985 - Present N/A

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]

Nicola Mancino in 1996.

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:

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[1]

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:

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.[4]

Later career[edit]

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

Later, he became a member of La Margherita (The Daisy) coalition of parties born out of the left wing of the PPI. After the victory of the center-left coalition led by Romano Prodi in the 1996 elections, Mancino was elected President of the Italian Senate, and served from 9 May 1996 until 29 May 2001.

On 24 July 2006, he left the Senate and became deputy-president 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 about the alleged talks between the Italian state and the Mafia during the latter's bombing campaign in 1992 that assassinated, among others, the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.[5]


  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..." Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. 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, Adnkronos, 25 July 2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vincenzo Scotti
Italian Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Roberto Maroni
Preceded by
Carlo Scognamiglio Pasini
President of the Italian Senate
Succeeded by
Marcello Pera
Preceded by
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
President of Italy

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