Pietro Grasso (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjɛːtro ˈɡrasso];
born 1 January 1945), also known as Piero Grasso, is an Italian
anti-mafia magistrate and politician, former President of the Italian
Senate. Grasso became the Acting President of
Italy on 14 January
2015, upon the resignation of Giorgio Napolitano. He was President
until the swearing in of
Sergio Mattarella on 3 February. On 3
December 2017, Grasso was elected Leader of Free and Equal (Liberi e
Uguali, LeU), a new left-wing coalition composed by Democratic and
Italian Left and Possible.
1 Judicial career
1.2 Head of the National Antimafia Directorate
2 Political career
Senator of the Italian Republic
2.2 President of the Senate of the Italian Republic
2.3 Leader of Free and Equal
In 1984 he was appointed associate judge in the first maxiprocesso (a
portmanteau of the Italian words for maximum and trial) of the
Sicilian Mafia (10 February 1986 – 10 December 1987), with 475
defendants. Pietro Grasso, next to the presiding judge Alfonso
Giordano, was author of the judgment (over 8,000 pages) that inflicted
19 life sentences and more than 2,600 years in prison.
At the end of the maxiprocesso, Grasso was appointed consultant to the
Anti-Mafia Commission, at the head of Gerardo Chiaromonte first and
then by Luciano Violante. In 1991 he was appointed adviser to the
criminal affairs department of the Ministry of Justice, whose minister
was Claudio Martelli, whom he named Giovanni Falcone, and member of
the Central Commission for the repentant.
He was then replaced in his role, until he was appointed deputy
prosecutor at the National Anti-Mafia Directorate (led by Pier Luigi
Vigna), applied in the Procure of
Palermo and Florence, where he
supervised and coordinated the investigations on the massacres of 1992
Palermo by the Public
Prosecutor in August 1999, under his
direction, from 2000 to 2004, 1,779 people were arrested for crimes of
mafia fugitives and 13, which were included in the 30 most dangerous.
During the same period, the prosecutor of
Palermo scored 380 life
sentences and hundreds of sentences about a total of thousands of
years in prison.
Head of the National Antimafia Directorate
On 11 October 2005 he was appointed national Antimafia prosecutor,
succeeding Pierluigi Vigna, who left office in August 2005 having
reached the retirement age, while he was still head of the prosecutor
His appointment was at the center of bitter controversy in judicial
and political, as it was very likely the appointment of the Prosecutor
at the Court of
Palermo Gian Carlo Caselli. However, the Berlusconi
III Cabinet, in the person of
Senator Luigi Bobbio (National
Alliance), introduced an amendment to the delegation of the reform of
the judicial system (the so-called "Reform Castelli"). According to
the wording of the amendment, Caselli could no longer be appointed
national anti-Mafia prosecutor for exceeding the age limit. The
Constitutional Court, following the appointment of Peter Grasso as a
new national anti-Mafia prosecutor, declared illegal the decision that
the judge had ruled Gian Carlo Caselli from the competition.
On 11 April 2006 help with his work, after years of investigation, the
Bernardo Provenzano on the farm, Montagna dei cavalli in
Corleone, hiding from 9 May 1963. On 18 September 2006 the District
Anti-Mafia Directorate of Catanzaro, with support from the National
Prosecution led by national prosecutor Grasso, concludes a two-year on
the action of certain mafias of Vibo Valentia, who had put his hands
on his holiday parks the coast. The gangs in question are The Rose of
Tropea and that of Mancuso Limbadi that ricavavano huge profits from
the control of contracts for the construction and supply of holiday
villages in the area of Catanzaro. Operation Odyssey ends with 41
cases of custody.
The natural expiration of the first term to the DNA was confirmed by
the Supreme Judicial Council for a second term, this time without any
controversy and consensus.
From September 2012 to Rai History in 12 episodes
Pietro Grasso leads
"Lessons Mafia", a project of legal education, dedicated to the
younger generations to explain all the secrets of Cosa Nostra. The
program is inspired by the lessons mafia devised in 1992 by the
Director of TG2 Alberto La Volpe with Giovanni Falcone, one of the
last initiatives of the magistrate from
Palermo crushed by the attack
of Capaci. Twenty years later, solicited in this regard, Grasso agreed
to go back to tell young people the Mafia. Mafia lessons digs into the
mafia system and returns an x-ray done of names, rules, stories, web
of complicity, plots, mystery, ambiguity. In the first episode
explained how the dome formed Mafia.
Senator of the Italian Republic
On 27 December 2012, Grasso requested leave of absence from the CSM,
and the next day told the press that he intended to stand for election
with the centre-left Democratic Party in the Italian parliamentary
elections of 2013. On 8 January 2013, the national leadership of the
Democratic Party candidate
Pietro Grasso was elected in the Italian
Senate as a candidate of the list PD for the
In March, following the election, along with many other colleagues in
the Parliament, Grasso joined the project "starts again in the future"
by signing the petition that aims to review the anti-corruption law by
changing the norm on the exchange-electoral political mafia within the
first hundred days of parliamentary activity.
President of the Senate of the Italian Republic
Grasso with President
Giorgio Napolitano and the President of the
Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini.
On 16 March 2013 at 18:50 was elected President of the Senate by 137
votes, against 117 for
Renato Schifani (PdL), the outgoing President.
There was a fourth ballot runoff between the two most voted senators
from the previous ballot, with 313 voters in total, including 52 blank
and 7 nil.
As President of the Senate, it was his responsibility to decide
whether the Senate would declare itself as an injured part in an
indictment against Berlusconi. The former Prime Minister was accused
of bribing majority senators to have them withdraw support from the
Prodi government. Grasso decided to go ahead against the advice of a
Senate parliamentary committee, who voted 10 to 8 against the
On 14 January 2015, on the resignation of Giorgio Napolitano, Grasso
became the acting President of the Italian Republic. He served in
that position until the swearing in of
Sergio Mattarella on 3 February
Grasso left the Democratic Party on 26 October 2017, the same day the
new electoral law (colloquially known by the nickname Rosatellum bis)
was approved definitively by the Senate.
Leader of Free and Equal
On 3 December 2017, Grasso was appointed leader of Free and Equal
(LeU), a left-wing political alliance of parties, formed by the
Democratic and Progressive Movement,
Italian Left and Possible.
^ "Profile of Pietro Grasso". The official website of the Senate of
the Italian Republic.
^ Sinistra, Grasso lancia 'Liberi e uguali': "Pd mi ha offerto
incarichi ma i calcoli non fanno per me"
^ Grasso sarà il leader della sinistra (in Italian), ilpost.it,
^ "Da Epifani a Mineo, gli ultimi candidati Pd Bersani: siamo noi la
lepre da inseguire". Retrieved March 16, 2013.
^ "PARLAMENTARI – Riparte il futuro". Retrieved March 16,
^ "Communication from the Senate". The official website of the Senate
of the Italian Republic.
Italy centre-right attack Senate speaker over Berlusconi trial".
^ "Grasso ha deciso: Senato parte civile nel processo a Berlusconi
sulla compravendita". Repubblica.
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Sergio Mattarella as president". BBC News. 31
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Pietro Grasso lascia il gruppo del Pd: 'Non riconosco più metodo
Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata
Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (in Italian). 2017-10-26.
^ "Senato, il presidente
Pietro Grasso lascia gruppo Pd. Zanda:
"Dissenso su linea del partito"". la Repubblica (in Italian).
2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
^ Conti, Marco (2017-10-27). "Grasso: «Questo non è più il mio
partito». E ora Pietro tratta con i bersaniani".
Il Messaggero (in
Italian). Retrieved 2017-10-27.
Pietro Grasso candidato
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