Foreign Affairs
‘Mafioso’ who ordered priest’s murder released from prison due to terminal disease

In Italy, a controversy has emerged after the authorities decided to release a ‘mafioso’ from prison, who had ordered the murder of a priest, due to a terminal disease.

71-year old Nunzio De Falco (left in photo) was serving a prison sentence after he was found guilty of ordering the murder of Don Giuseppe Diana, an anti-Camorra priest.

The priest was killed in the St Nicholas church in Bari just before celebrating Mass. De Falco had commissioned Giuseppe Quadrano to shoot the priest.

De Falco was arrested in Spain in 1997 after he escaped following the murder. He is currently being held at Sassari’s high security prison.

The priest sister Marisa Diana said De Falco should die in prison. “My brother did not die surrounded by his dear ones. I did not have the possibility to hug him. Why should the person who ordered his killied have this possibility”, she insisted.