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Report: Jailed Mafia boss reveals killing detail

March 12, 2014
Associated Press

MILAN (AP) — An Italian newspaper report says the remote control to detonate the bomb that killed anti-Mafia prosecutor Paolo Borsellino in 1992 was hidden inside the intercom at his mother's Palermo residence.

La Repubblica said on its website Wednesday that jailed Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina revealed the whereabouts of the remote control, long a mystery, to another inmate in a monitored jail yard chat. The newspaper says it isn't clear whether Borsellino activated the bomb himself by buzzing his mother's home, or if someone else did.

Borsellino and his bodyguards were killed in the blast from a car packed with more than 160 pounds (70 kilograms) of plastic explosives outside his mother's house. It came just two months after another anti-Mafia prosecutor was killed.

Riina ordered the back-to-back slayings.

 
 

 

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