Leading anti-mafia prosecutor appointed head of Vatican court

3500Source: The Guardian

BY  in Palermo

Pope Francis has appointed one of Italy’s leading anti-mafia prosecutors as president of the Vatican court, days after five senior officials were suspended in an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing.

Giuseppe Pignatone’s investigations have led to the arrest of hundreds of mafiosi, from the 1980s to the present, and during his long career he has worked in the main cities of southern Italy chasing Cosa Nostra in Sicily and the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria.

He was appointed head of the Rome public prosecutor’s office in 2012 and his investigations led to the arrest of dozens of members of the infamous Spada clan.

His new position means he will judge cases brought before the court, which handles crimes that occur on Vatican territory or involving Vatican diplomats.

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