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Has the mafia surrendered?

Silvio Berlusconi may soon declare victory over the Sicilian mafia. But any "surrender" would be a tolerance pact between politics and the underworld

By John Dickie   June 2002

Ten years ago this May, Giovanni Falcone, the celebrated anti-mafia judge, was blown up with his wife and three members of his escort between Punta Raisi airport and Palermo. Two months later, a car bomb killed Falcone’s close colleague, Paolo Borsellino and five members of his escort. In its 130-year history, the Sicilian mafia had never mounted such a spectacular challenge to the Italian state.

On 16th April this year, the second most powerful man in the Sicilian mafia, Antonino “Manuzza” Giuffr?, was finally arrested. This should have been a cause for rejoicing. He had been on the run since…

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