Quote of the day 5th June 2021

"That is the law - and a law that my brother wanted - so it must be respected."

(Maria, sister of the murdered Italian prosecutor Giovanni Falcone, on the release from prison of the man convicted of her brother's murder after serving 25 years of a 30-year sentence.

He had avoided a life sentence, ironically, under a plea-bargain law which Mr Falcone had himself  promoted to help bring down the mafia, after turning state's evidence and helping to put other mobsters behind bars.

The Economist magazine wrote of her statement that "her brother, one suspects, would have been proud of her.")


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