Paolo Borsellino, Italian Magistrate, 1940 – 1992
In a country where political parties, mafia bosses, multinational companies and public work contracts interlace in a dark web of corruption and prevalence of private interests over the public, magistrate Paolo Borsallino set an example of courage, determination, sense of duty and will to make our society a better one, regardless his own safety and well-being.
On July 19 1992, Magistrate Paolo Borsellino was killed by a car bomb, together with five policemen, in Palermo, Sicily, near his mother home, only two months after his colleague and childhood friend, anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone, was assasinated, with his wife and three bodyguards, by a bomb planted under a highway in the outskirts of that same town.
Magistrate Borsellino knew that the war against the mafia was not going to be neither a short one nor an easy or painless one, and also that he would never see the end of it. The mafia tentacles, which stretch to all areas of Italian life and which have reached international proportions, were going to make it even more difficult. But that did not stop him from fighting for his ideal.
His love for his country and the desire to make society a fairer one and to preserve the well-being of its citizens, were stronger than self-preservation.
In one of his latest interviews to the press, Mr Borsellino quoted “When they kill me...”, and not “If they kill me...”, knowing that his assassination was a fact, not only a possibility, as it had happened to most of his predecessors and many of his colleagues before.
There are still a lot of unsolved mysteries around Paolo Borsellino’s death, like who order it, or if it could have been avoided. But probably the most important one involves his red agenda, where he used to take all his notes. Right after the attack it disappeared from the crime scene and was never found.
War against the mafia is yet far from over, and political corruption is part of everyday...