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- Published: Monday, 14 November 2011 14:28
- Written by Amedeo Cottino
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As a prominent member of the Cursoti clan of Italy's Catania region, Nino carried out numerous killings, hold-ups and extortions. He has collaborated with the law since 1984, and is serving a sentence of 30 years for a double murder committed on parole. From 1996 to 1997, for over forty hours, he and Professor Amedeo Cottino met in the prison where he was held. For the first time in English, we can listen to their conversations. Nino affirms that today he is another person. We seek to understand what he was and how he was different, if at all. In Part 4, we will hear excerpts of Nino's observations on the politics and business of organized crime in Sicily. The text in bold is that of Amedeo Cottino.
[L]et’s be honest here, in the underworld... there simply have to be ties with the political world, for so many things! And if the politicians go looking for such ties, it’s because they know that we can deliver the votes, thousands of votes, so this is good for us, because for us we can use them for favors. You have to see who is making the most promises. There was a time, for example when you voted for the socialists, I think it was in ’83 or ’82... There were people in prison, anyhow when there was an election, those guys said to vote for certain people... and to inform their family members and to try to have them vote.
You know, there were some of us who maybe had ties with those guys down at the regional government. Here too, through a certain person, there was a tie to someone in the Socialist party, always at least doing favors, because when there are government contracts up for bid, everyone is going to want to eat.