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Italy notorious gang member released from prison after 25 years cause stir

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The magazine L’Espresso on Tuesday reported that the release of a boss of the Sicilian Mafia Cosa Nostra has caused a stir in Italy.

According to media reports, the mafioso Giovanni Brusca was set free in Rome on Monday evening at the end of his 25-year sentence.

He remains under guard, however, and for the next four years he would be subject to so-called freedom under supervision.

Some Italian politicians reacted indignantly to the release. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi of the populist Five Star Movement tweeted that “this is an unacceptable disgrace.’’

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Mara Carfagna, Minister for Southern Italy from the conservative Forza Italia said Brusca’s release was a technically unavoidable act, but morally unacceptable.

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The leader of the Social Democrats, Enrico Letta, spoke on radio on Tuesday of a “punch in the stomach.”

Brusca was considered a confidant of the notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Riina from Corleone in Sicily.

According to L’Espresso, he once admitted to being involved in a bomb attack in 1992 in which the lawyer and Mafia hunter Giovanni Falcone was killed on a motorway near Palermo.

He is also said to have admitted his complicity in the murder of the son of a former mafioso. who was involved in the assassination of Falcone and who cooperated with the police after his arrest.

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A group of the Cosa Nostra had held the child captive at the time and blackmailed the father with photos. Later, the child was allegedly strangled and then dissolved in acid.

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Brusca was arrested in May 1996, cooperated with the investigators himself and testified as a witness in several trials.

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