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Italy will come to a standstill when at 4pm, the coffins of two of the three victims following the killing in Milan will slowly pass by the doors of the Dome of Milan. The light will filter through dimly across the of the late Gothic cathedra and will shie on the on the tri-coloured banner over the coffins. Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of the city will preside over the funeral which will be attended by top government officials, among whom the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. The Council of Ministers gave its consensus for a state funeral to be held, considering the gravity of the episode which occured last Thursday.

A morning of ordinary folly when the entrpreneur Claudio Giardiello, accused of fraudlent bankruptcy, got hold of a Beretta pistol and gunned down the man whom he considered responsible for his worries and woes The judge, the lawyer and the witness, just as though it were an early 20th century thriller. The magistrate was Fernando Ciampi, aged 72 originally from the province of Avellino, who for 6 years had been dealing in the second section of the court on bankruptcies. He had been named as witness in a proceeding, as the prosecutor of Milan, Edmondo Bruti Liberati, had revealed a few hours following his colleague’s death. He had been coldbloodedly shot, and before his death , it seemed he had attempted to protect one of his female colleagues.

The lawyer is the youngest victim in this massacre: Lorenzo Alberto Claris Appiani, aged 37, former defence of Giardiello. “As soon as he had started to mess up things, my nephew had refused to have anything more to do with him” the young lawyer’s uncle is reported to have said about his nephew considered a genius by many despite the lack of experience. The shots of the entrepreneur reached his chest. His mother, herself a lawyer, spoke of his passion for law and rights: “My son’s died – she said during the commemoration – because he did not want to be a puppet”. The witness, and co-defendant was George, Giorgio Erba, former partner of Giardiello in the ‘Magenta Immobiliare.’ The judges were to summon him on a hearing regarding the collapse of the company and find out any eventual responsabilites of his former colleague in the affair. His family have declined an offer made to them by Palazzo Chigi: they would rather mourn for Giorgio on their own, in a private funderal, far from news-flashes and TV –in silence.

In the meantime, the magistrates are attempting to shed light on the episode: once they have ascertained Giardiello’s responsabilities (“they saw me” he had admitted before he had availed himself of the faculty not to answer. What needs to be understood is why the security system did not work, and above all why the killer, was able to move freely about the Court building after he had started shooting. An issue that of the control in courts which was tackled by Matteo Renzi yesterday. “Safety should be in the hands of the state” the Premier has said who then went on to stress the importance of a major commitment “against the spreading of weapons”, in order to avoid other tragedies taking place like the one in Milan.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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