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Italian court forbids mafia reference to reported associate of former Curacao PM
Published on February 12, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ROME, Italy -- The Court of Appeals in Rome has prohibited, in a recent ruling, the Italian minister of the interior and the DIA (the Italian equivalent of the FBI) connecting Francesco Corallo with the Mafia.

Corallo has been connected with the former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte.

The former government headed by Schotte was planning on appointing Corallo to an important function in the Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten, according to Alex Rosario of Partido PAIS.

Rosario claimed to have heard this from sources in the Dutch ministries of interior and foreign affairs.

Rosaria said that, according to information from the Netherlands, Corallo was also nominated as Curacao’s ambassador to Santo Domingo.

Schotte has denied Corallo’s nomination. He called the story “another lie of Rosaria”.

The court in Rome also ordered the publication of its ruling in the main Italian newspaper La Repubblica and the removal of any reference the DIA police has in its reports regarding Corallo and the Mafia.

Corallo’s lawyers declared that this statement, which de facto prohibits anyone to allude Corallo as “a person close to or part of the Mafia”, of utmost importance. Indeed, they said, this opens the doors for lawsuits against a number of parties who have connected Corallo with the Mafia in the past.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
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