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Life upheld for boss Virga in Rostagno killing

(ANSA) – ROME, 27 NOV – Italy’s supreme Coourt of Cassation
on Friday upheld a life term for Trapani mafia boss Vincenzo
Virga for ordering the 1988 murder of sociologist and journalist
Mauro Rostagno.
   
The high court rejected a Palemo prosecutors’ appeal against the
acquittal on appeal of alleged hitman Vito Mazzara.
   
The Cassation’s prosecutor general had asked the court to annul
Mazzara’s acquittal.
   
Virga was found guilty of ordering the murder of the
campaigning leftist journalist and drug rehab community leader
in the countryside near Trapani on September 26, 1988.
   
In the court of first instance Mazzara got life too.
   
Virga was found to have ordered the hit because Rostagno had
been reporting on Mafia interests in Trapani on private TV
channel RTC, judicial sources said. (ANSA).
   

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