Gaspare Mutolo
Member of the Sicilian Mafia
Gaspare Mutolo
Gaspare Mutolo is a Sicilian mafioso, also known as "Asparino". In 1992 he became a pentito (state witness against the Mafia). He was the first mafioso who spoke about the connections between Cosa Nostra and Italian politicians.
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“Il governo Berlusconi favorisce la Mafia” - Giornalettismo
Google News - over 5 years
Parte con Gaspare Mutolo, primo siciliano mafioso pentito che ora passa il suo tempo viaggiando nella campagna romana, con una sciarpa legata intorno al collo e un cavalletto sotto il braccio. E' diventato uno stimato pittore naif
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Mafia italienne: le crépuscule des repentis - nouvelobs.com
Google News - over 5 years
Gaspare Mutolo, par exemple. Cet ex-mafioso sicilien passe son temps aujourd'hui à parcourir la campagne romaine, un foulard noué autour du cou et un chevalet sous le bras. Car il est devenu peintre. Un peintre naïf qui couvre des dizaines de toiles de
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Il ricordo degli eroi: il colonnello Russo - BlogSicilia.it (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Soprattutto quella di Gaspare Mutolo: “Per l'omicidio Russo ci sono persone che stanno pagando con la condanna all'ergastolo, ma sono completamente innocenti e fanno pena soltanto a guardarle“. Oggi, Russo viene commemorato dai carabinieri con una
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La solitudine dell'eroe Ninni Cassarà Quell'estate terribile dell'85 - BlogSicilia.it (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Per ricordare il suo assassinio, BlogSicilia ha intervistato Pippo Giordano, ex ispettore della Dia, oggi in pensione, che prese parte agli ultimi interrogatori del collaboratore di giustizia Gaspare Mutolo, condotti insieme al giudice Paolo Borsellino
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L'ombra di Mangano dietro la Milano da bere - Terra
Google News - over 5 years
Lo racconta Gaspare Mutolo, collaboratore di giustizia molto vicino a Totò Rina, ai magistrati siciliani, che lo interrogano nel 1996: «Pippo Bono e Gaetano Fidanzati avevano definito Berlusconi intoccabile». Secondo Silvio Berlusconi il sospetto che
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Ucciardone "no logo" boss in cella senza griffe - La Stampa
Google News - over 5 years
I più anziani ricordano il «triangolo artistico» tra il pentito Gaspare Mutolo, il suo maestro Alessandro Bronzini (killer figlio di un maresciallo dei carabinieri) e Luciano Liggio, il superboss che rivendicava come suoi i quadri dipinti da Mutolo,
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L'ultimo giorno di vita di Paolo Borsellino - BlogSicilia.it (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
L'oggetto della conversazione fra i due magistrati era la delega delle indagini su Palermo ma anche le polemiche sugli interrogatori del pentito Gaspare Mutolo. La conversazione con Giammanco – che il 13 luglio aveva ricevuto, dagli allora sostituti
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La vera storia dell'uomo Plasmon - GQ.com
Google News - over 5 years
Infine conosce il boss Gaspare Mutolo: diventano amici e quando lui viene arrestato, per recuperare denaro accetta di portare un carico di droga dalla Thailandia alla Sicilia. Viene fermato in Egitto con 250kg di eroina e 25 di morfina,
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Carnevale non va mai in pensioneResta alla Cassazione fino al 2015 - Corriere della Sera
Google News - over 5 years
LE ACCUSE - Il collaboratore di giustizia Gaspare Mutolo lo coinvolse nel processo Andreotti, dichiarando che «il senatore aveva con lui uno speciale rapporto personale e che i boss erano sicuri che non ci sarebbero stati problemi»
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Il museo della mafia - Italia Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Chiudono il percorso museale la mostra di Gaspare Mutolo, importante pentito di Cosa Nostra, che in dieci opere racconta la Sicilia vissuta attraverso la sua esperienza, prima da mafioso, quindi da carcerato e, infine, da uomo libero,
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Salvatore Borsellino, incontro 'In memoria del fratello Paolo' - Il Resto del Carlino
Google News - over 5 years
... Borsellino e l'ex Ispettore della Direzione Nazionale Antimafia Pippo Giordano, che nel '92 partecipò con Borsellino agli interrogatori di Gaspare Mutolo (l'ultimo dei quali si tenne il 17 luglio, due giorni prima della strage di via D'Amelio)
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In memoria di Paolo Borsellino, l'incontro con il fratello Salvatore - Vivere Fano
Google News - over 5 years
... Borsellino e l'ex Ispettore della Direzione Nazionale Antimafia Pippo Giordano, che nel '92 partecipò con Borsellino agli interrogatori di Gaspare Mutolo (l'ultimo dei quali si tenne il 17 luglio, due giorni prima della strage di via D'Amelio)
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Il Museo della Mafia di Vittorio Sgarbi, da Salemi a Venezia - Blogosfere (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
E ancora le tele di Gaspare Mutolo, tra i più importanti pentiti della storia di Cosa Nostra, che racconta la Sicilia vista da mafioso prima, da carcerato poi e infine da uomo libero. E poi i ritratti di Omar Ronda e Paolo Vegas, le striscianti
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Omicidio De Mauro, assolto Totò Riina La Procura aveva chiesto l'ergastolo - La Repubblica
Google News - over 5 years
La Procura di Palermo aveva chiesto la condanna all'ergastolo per il capo di Cosa nostra, sulla base delle dichiarazioni di alcuni pentiti storici, da Tommaso Buscetta a Gaspare Mutolo, da Francesco Marino Mannoia a Francesco Di Carlo
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Dalla parte dei Magistrati, serata di riflessione su Legalità e Giustizia - Vivere Pesaro
Google News - almost 6 years
Ospiti della serata: Sante Bascucci, sost. proc. presso il Trib. di Pesaro; Pippo Giordano, ex ispettore della DIA ( partecipò con Paolo Borsellino agli interrogatori di Gaspare Mutolo, l'ultimo il 17 luglio 1992), attualmente fa parte della redazione
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Brusca: vi spiego la trattativa - La Perfetta Letizia
Google News - almost 6 years
... collegate all'incontro – da lui sempre negato con forza – con Paolo Borsellino, chiamato in tutta fretta al ministero, mentre stava raccogliendo a Rebibbia le confessioni di un altro collaboratore di straordinaria importanza come Gaspare Mutolo
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Italy Aide Accused of Mafia Ties Found Dead
NYTimes - about 24 years
One of Italy's most prominent public prosecutors, who had played a central role in jailing Sicilian mobsters, was found dead at his home today, four days after newspapers accused him of having links to the Mafia. The police said he had apparently committed suicide. The newspaper accusations against the prosecutor, Domenico Signorino, were based on
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gaspare Mutolo
    FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 53
    In March 1993, 56 arrest warrants were issued for murders in Palermo on the basis of testimonies made by Mutolo and Giuseppe Marchese.
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    He warned the Parliamentary Antimafia Commission presided by Luciano Violante in February 1993 of the likelihood that further attacks were being planned by the Corleonesi on the mainland. Mutolo’s declarations had tragic consequences. On December 3, 1992, one of Italy's most prominent public prosecutors Domenico Signorino committed suicide.
    More Details Hide Details According to newspaper leaks, Mutolo told investigators that Signorino was "close to certain circles I know." Signorino had been one of the main public prosecutors at the so-called Maxi Trial in Palermo in 1987, when he demanded life sentences for 20 accused mafiosi and sought a 17-year prison term for Mutolo. Signorino had publicly rejected the accusation, and told reporters, "if seeking 20 life sentences at the maxi-trial means I am a mafioso, then go ahead and call me that." The judge's death inspired debate over the disclosure of unsubstantiated accusations by Mafia informers that could cause untold damage. On December 24, 1992, Bruno Contrada – former Palermo police chief and deputy director of the civil intelligence service SISDE – was arrested due to revelations of Mutolo and another pentito, Giuseppe Marchese. Contrada informed the Mafia for upcoming police operations, and prevented an early capture of the fugitive Totò Riina.
    Mutolo only began to talk of Mafia-political links after the arrest of Totò Riina in January 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 52
    Mutolo’s declarations led to the arrest of Bruno Contrada, the deputy director of the civil intelligence service SISDE, contributed to the indictment of Giulio Andreotti and to an understanding of the context of the 1992 murders of Salvo Lima, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
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    Two days later, on July 19, 1992, Borsellino and his escort of five police officers were killed in a car bomb in Palermo on the orders of Salvatore Riina and the Sicilian Mafia Commission.
    More Details Hide Details Mutolo admits to have killed more than 30 people, but has not been convicted for any of the murders.
    Finally, Borsellino was allowed to sit in when another magistrate questioned Mutolo. On July 16, 1992, Borsellino attended another deposition of Mutolo while he was frantically investigating the killing of his friend and colleague Giovanni Falcone.
    More Details Hide Details The next day Mutolo started to talk about the collusion between Cosa Nostra and high-level government officials.
    Mutolo decided to talk in early May 1992, he insisted to see Paolo Borsellino after learning that Giovanni Falcone was unavailable (Falcone ceased to be a magistrate after he had entered the Ministry of Justice in 1991).
    More Details Hide Details Mutolo trusted them because he knew from firsthand experience how they had worked in the Maxi Trial. Mutolo had been the chief organizer of the massive heroin ring that Falcone had broken. However, Borsellino ran into problems with Chief Prosecutor, Pietro Giammanco. Borsellino was supposed to work on cases in south-western Sicily and Mutolo was from Palermo. There was a risk that this bureaucratic obstacle would jeopardize his cooperation. He refused to talk to anybody else and might retreat because of the uncertainty with the authorities. The stakes were high, Mutolo was probably the most important possible pentito since the defection of Francesco Marino Mannoia in 1989: he had been a cellmate and driver of Totò Riina.
  • 1991
    Age 51
    While in prison, Mutolo started to think about becoming a state witness (pentito) in December 1991.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 47
    Mutolo received a 16-year sentence in the Maxi Trial against the Mafia in 1987.
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  • 1983
    Age 43
    His Thai supplier Koh Bak Kin was arrested when Egyptian police seized a Greek ship in the Suez Canal carrying some 233 kilos of heroin on May 24, 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Guarding the shipment was a Sicilian mafioso – a member of Mutolo’s drug ring.
  • 1982
    Age 42
    Mutolo was arrested in 1982 before he could finish a second shipment.
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  • 1981
    Age 41
    After turning state witness, Mutolo revealed that he organised a 400 kilogram shipment of heroin to the US in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details The Cuntrera-Caruana Mafia clan received half of the load, while John Gambino of the Gambino Family in New York City took care of the other 200 kilograms. The shipments were financed by consortium of Sicilian Mafia clans, who had organized a pool to provide the money to buy the merchandise from Thai suppliers. The system in the heroin-business was that every Mafia-family could invest in a shipment if it had the money.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 36
    In 1976 and 1982, Mutolo was arrested again, and during one of his sojourns in prison, he became the cellmate of the old boss of the Corleonesi, Luciano Leggio (later he claimed that he had painted the pictures that are attributed to Leggio).
    More Details Hide Details Thanks to his close ties with the Corleonesi, he survived the massacre that wiped out the old guard including former Corleonesi ally Riccobono of the Partanna-Mondelo Mafia family at the end of 1982, in the midst of the Second Mafia War. Important supply lines of morphine base and heroin to the Sicilian Mafia were set up in the late 1970s and early 1980s after Cosa Nostra members Pietro Vernengo and Gaspare Mutolo shared prison cells in Italy with the Turkish trafficker, Yasar Avni Mussullulu, and the Singapore-born Chinese, Koh Bak Kin. Sicilian judges estimate that between 1981 and 1983, Mussullulu alone supplied two Mafia individuals with two metric tons of morphine base for the sum of US$55 million after which he disappeared from circulation and his supply line to Italy ceased. Koh Bak Kin was first arrested at Rome airport in 1976 with more than 20 kilograms of heroin and in 1978 was sentenced to six years in prison, where he met Mutolo. The already lenient sentence was further reduced, and Kin was released from prison in 1980. On his return to Bangkok, he was able to guarantee a steady supply of heroin to Cosa Nostra thanks to his links in northern Thailand with an emissary of the opium ‘baron’ Khun Sa.
  • 1973
    Age 33
    In 1973, Mutolo was initiated into the Partanna-Mondello family headed by Rosario Riccobono. "When I became a member, it was for me a new life, with new rules.
    More Details Hide Details For me only Cosa Nostra existed," he later recalled. He became the right-hand man of Riccobono and Riina’s trusted man for delicate missions.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 25
    In 1965 he ended up in prison for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details In the Ucciardone prison in Palermo he shared a cell with Totò Riina, the future boss of the Corleonesi. Noticing the deference with which Riina was treated, Mutolo realised that his cellmate had to be someone important and ingratiated himself with Riina by letting him win at cards. When they both had left prison, Mutolo was Riina’s personal driver for a while – a position of great trust.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Age 0
    Born in 1940.
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