To the magistrates without an escort, to all those heroes
Translated by Daria Evangelista
Hands up those of you readers who know that Gaddafi has died. You are so many, I lost count of how many arms were raised to the sky. Well! Now hands up those of you who know who Catello Maresca is. Very few, almost none. These days the body and blood of the rais came into our homes every day and every hour: Gheddafi was on the tv, an the internet… everywhere.
Almost no tv programmes, however, spoke of Catello. Why? Simple. He is an honest man, a silent hero, an Italian who makes us proud to be born in this country. He did not kill anyone, he’s not a violent man, he did not give scandal. He is therefore considered a man of little interest from point of view of the media. Unfortunately I never met Catello in person, but he certainly is a cool guy, one of those who can be immediately estimate for what they are and do. I read the little information that I know about him in “L’Espresso”. Catello has a family, works as a magistrate, has a great process in place against the boss Setola and the mass murderer Casalesi and from six in the afternoon and on Sundays he has no escort because there is no money to pay his “guardian angels” overtime. All this because on 27 July, the Ministry of the Justice announced that when the office of a procurator ends the funds available per year it can not spend any money. And so the procurator of Naples, Giovandomenico Lepore, could not help but take notice. On October 6 he wrote an order to all his deputies, saying that “with immediate effect”the overtime is suspended until 31 December 2011. In a few words after six in the evening and on Sundays there are no drivers for the cars of his escort. And that’s how a magistrate on the front lines against the Camorra is left to its fate. Catello, do that by yourself. Continue to do your job, but we can help you only to a certain point. This is the message they have given to the magistrate and the Camorra just a few days before the maxi-trial which will involve Maresca against the boss Setola. The magistrate has been publicly threatened by the boss, but his escort has been reduced. No money. Stop. We don’t care. On 26 October this year is expected the decision at first instance in the trial against Setola. The magistrate should really hope that his adversary system is free of cracks and that judges decide they hurry so that he can return home as soon as possible accompanied by an escort. And this is what the disastrous cuts made by the Ministry of Justice have produced. Under the conditions of Maresca there would be another fifteen magistrates. In my opinion first Nitto Palma and then Angelino Alfano, ministers of justice, should realize that maybe, if you really want justice, these things are unacceptable. Catello Maresca has been made available to the State, has put his life at the disposal of the State, is a silent hero, and deserves-if not thousands of headlines about him- at least a minimum of respect and gratitude. You may apply for transfer to a quiet remote village of Northern Italy, but he decided to stay there, in the warmer areas to do a work that does not give him anything in return. Not even a minimum of security. Perhaps Catello, I speak to you with friendship and gratitude, you will never read these lines, maybe you will not know that many people respect you and support you. But I wanted to dedicate this editorial to you and to all those magistrates who daily risk their lives to give to me, that I’m young, and to all the Italians, a better Italy. I dedicate this editorial to Catello. An editorial may not be useful as an escort, but at least it is a small action of gratitude that could make you happy.