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July 21, 2020 Four life sentences and an acquittal for the Capaci-bis appeal process. The sentence was issued by the Court of Assizes of Appeal of Caltanissetta, chaired by Andreina Occhipinti, who confirmed the first instance sentence.

Five defendants at the bar: Salvatore "Salvino" Madonia, Vittorio Tutino, Giorgio Pizzo, Cosimo Lo Nigro and Lorenzo Tinnirello. The only acquittal is that of Vittorio Tutino, as in the first instance. For all the defendants, at the end of the river indictment, the Attorney General of Caltanissetta Lia Sava had asked for a life sentence. 

According to the accusation, the defendants played a fundamental role both in the organizational phase of the attack and in finding the explosives placed on the highway on May 23, 1992 when the judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and the three agents of buffer stock. The sentence was issued in the bunker room of the Malaspina prison in Caltanissetta after five hours in the council chamber. At first instance four of the five defendants, except Vittorio Tutino, were sentenced to life imprisonment, while Tutino was acquitted for not having committed the fact.  

The Prosecutor General had asked for a life sentence for all the accused. For the accusation, the mafia boss Salvo Madonia was one of the instigators of the massacre while the others would have held an executive role. 

Pg Lia Sava: the investigations continue, institutions could give clarifications. We will
read the reasons for the sentence and with regard to Vittorio Tutino's position we will evaluate whether there are spaces for the appeal to the Court of Cassation ". The Prosecutor General Lia Sava said after the sentence." We asked for life imprisonment - continued the Pg - because according to our approach there were elements to consider him guilty. For the rest, the first instance sentence was fully confirmed. We have said several times both during this indictment and during the previous one, the investigations on the massacres do not stop and therefore both the prosecutor of Caltanissetta, the district anti-mafia directorate, under the coordination of the National Anti-Mafia Directorate, continue to investigate. It is clear that the trials then come when evidence accrues that can allow the prosecution to be supported in court. We always hope that there will be some new collaborative contribution both within the mafia organization and I refer to the large calibers of Cosa nostra at 41 bis, or to some exponents of the institutions of that era who might decide to give some further clarification.

"By now after 28 years - Sava concluded - we hope that a whole series of elements can be linked together and the necessary steps can be taken to try to unravel what can be - and there are still - the shaded areas. ruling with reference to the involvement of Matteo Messina Denaro in the massacres of Capaci and via D'Amelio, the process of sidetracking is ending at first instance, the investigations continue ".