Piero Amara, new storm on the judiciary: in Messina an investigation into some colleagues from Catania

The shock is one of those that herald yet another earthquake. Piero Amara, the lawyer corrupting judges to fix sentences, the third is asking for a bankruptcy plea deal in Syracuse: to get the penalty discount he admits his responsibilities and says he has resorted to links with some magistrates to favor a company. In exchange, he obtained fees for 1.3 million euros which bled the company to death, bringing it to a crash. In cascade, his revelations open yet another gash on the judicial world and the Messina prosecutor’s office is already at work. Objective: to reconstruct how much truth there is in Amara’s detailed account. The lawyer, through the good offices of the attorney Tinebra, would in fact have obtained that the Catania public prosecutor’s office take up the inquiries that interested him.

The plea deal in Syracuse concerns Amara’s involvement in the bankruptcy of the province’s High Water Authority, or the public company Sai8 that deals with water. For the crash, the lawyer proposed a sentence of six months, in continuity with two other penalties agreed in Messina and Rome. And, given the admissions, the prosecutor gave a favorable opinion. The outcome, therefore, appears to be taken for granted. However, it is the content of a probative incident relating to this matter that reserves surprises. In fact, shortly before being arrested by the Potenza prosecutor for the Ilva affair, Amara was interrogated on April 4. And here he had told the system devised to get himself out of legal trouble.

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In almost a hundred pages of minutes that L’Espresso was able to consult in its entirety, Amara reconstructs the links with some magistrates who in the golden years of the system ruled the prosecutor of Syracuse, such as Ugo Rossi, or had key roles in Catania, such as the then deputy Giuseppe Toscano and the then head of the general prosecutor Giovanni Tinebra. Once again overshadowing the spectrum of “systems” and without failing to use some strong expressions. As when, precisely in reference to the network of relations with the magistrates on the Syracuse-Catania axis, he states that it was “better to deal with the Santapaola clan, at least it pays and is calm”. Intending to allude to a much more entangled system of corruption and blackmail than the mafia one.

The reference to dark colors is connected precisely to the method used to stop the action of the prosecutor Marco Bisogni, the magistrate who in Syracuse had opened a file concerning events related to Amara. According to Amara, it was Tinebra who did him the favor and then called the investigation to his office. A courtesy on which the Messina prosecutor led by Maurizio de Lucia will now have to work.

The minutes of April 4 are detailed. Amara is questioned by the Gup Salvatore Palmeri and by Dario Riccioli, Attilio Toscano’s lawyer (son of the magistrate Giuseppe Toscano and also accused of Sai8 bankruptcy, having received fees similar to that collected by Amara). Reconstructing his relations with some magistrates, in particular Rossi and Toscano, Amara also tells of the story that directly concerned him: the Bisogni investigation. Amara says: “…. Then, for example, some decisions were discussed with Gianni Tinebra also, who at the time was Attorney General, because Bisogni had a file against me, he also asked himself the problem of making a vocation of this file, he sent a friend of Toscano’s, friends, who I don’t remember who the Deputy Attorney General was, who arrived in Syracuse, took possession of the Bisogni file, then returned to Catania and said “I enjoyed it, you can’t touch it” .. . So that was the system … for me it was better to have something to do with the Santapaola clan, at least it pays and is quiet ». Then Amara also remembers the name of the magistrate who according to him was sent to Syracuse: “His name was Platania, I think.”

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Now the report has been sent by the Syracuse prosecutor’s office, led by Sabrina Gambino, to various prosecutors. Including that of Messina for the facts concerning the Bisogni affair and to verify whether Amara’s statements correspond to the truth, or are yet another attempt to cast shadows on the judiciary. Especially since Tinebra, who passed away in 2017, certainly cannot replicate in any way.

Amara also tells (or brags) of relationships and relationships with other magistrates and judicial police officers. The lawyer Riccioli asks Amara: “Can you clarify what these reasons were for your personal and excellent relationship with the Tuscan prosecutor?”. Amara replies: “In relation not to the Toscano attorney, but more generally on whom I am bound to an obligation of secrecy by other prosecutors, because after the declarations of May 2018 … As regards my personal relationships, I am … extremely confidential personal relationships, I went home, with him, with other magistrates, magistrates of the Tar, magistrates of this Prosecutor’s Office, judicial police officers, I would say extraordinary, we discussed the fees of his son at Sai 8 … I can do the list of the magistrates with whom I have been to his home … Maria Stella Boscarino (magistrate of the Tar of Catania) … Tinebra, Adamo Trebastoni (magistrate of the Tar of Catania), Longo, then there was the … among the officers of judicial police … I think a Rizzotto was called ».

Amara talks about binding relationships with some magistrates, relationships that in some cases she defines “mafia”. In any case, relations that would have allowed him to always win the cases of his clients: “In this sense I have allowed myself and I apologize to the judge for describing a certain relationship almost latu sensu mafia, in the sense when you close an agreement, with which you create also the problem, so at that moment, wrongly, unfortunately this was largely the dynamics of my relations with the judiciary, which unfortunately for me I had a success rate of almost 80 percent … this is the dynamics of those relationships. To be clear”. And the earthquake served.

Source: L'Espresso – News, inchieste e approfondimenti Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.

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