Giovanni Brusca, one of the most ruthless killers of the Sicilian Mafia Cosa Nostra, was released late Monday evening after serving 25 years in prison, several Italian media reported on Tuesday.
The 64-year-old man is considered to be the ex-armed wing of the supreme leader of the Sicilian mafia Costa Nostra, Totò Riina, who is now deceased. He was arrested on May 20, 1996.
He is one of the perpetrators of the Capaci attack on May 23, 1992, which killed anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and three police escorts, Vito Schifani. Rocco Dicillo and Antonio Montinaro.
Between 100 and 200 murders
Giovanni Brusca had said he committed between 100 and 200 murders.
He had notably ordered the strangulation of a 12-year-old boy, the son of another gangster who had become an informer, after having held him hostage for 779 days. The boy’s body was then dissolved in a barrel of acid, in a horrific act of revenge against his father, Santino Di Matteo.
He had been sentenced to life in prison by default for mafia association and multiple murders, and after his arrest in 1996, he “repented“and began to collaborate with the Italian justice system.
The sixty-year-old left the Roman prison of Rebibbia late on Monday evening. He will remain subject to checks and on parole for four years.
The whole of Italy should be outraged
His release has outraged the public, politicians and relatives of his victims. Tina Montinaro, the widow of Falcone escort agent Antonio Montinaro, who was killed in the Capaci bombing, expressed anger. “I am indignant“, she told the Italian news agency Adnkronos.”The whole of Italy should be outraged. After 29 years, we do not yet know the truth about this attack and Brusca is now free.“.
“From a human point of view it hurts me, but it is the law, a law that my brother himself wanted and therefore it must be obeyed“, for her part commented Maria Falcone, the sister of the murdered judge.
Repentant godfather, Giovanni Brusca has benefited from a reduction in his sentence thanks to his reliable collaboration with justice. He therefore had to serve 26 years in prison but his sentence was further reduced thanks to his “good behavior” behind bars.