Vittorio Mangano (
Palermo, August 18 1940- Palermo, 23 July 2000) was a member of the Sicilian Mafiaor Cosa Nostra. He was well-known as the stable keeper at the villa of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconiin Arcore and as such Mangano is known as "lo stalliere di Arcore" (the stable keeper of Arcore).
Maxi Trialin the mid-1980s the Mafia turncoats (pentiti), Tommaso Buscettaand Salvatore Contorno, said Mangano was a "uomo d'onore" (man of honour) of Cosa Nostra and a member of the Porta Nuova family that was headed by Pippo Calò. Buscetta himself was a member of this family.
From 1973 to 1975 Mangano was hired as "stable keeper" at the "Villa San Martino" owned by
Silvio Berlusconiin Arcore, a small town near Milan. Mangano's real job is alleged to have been to deter kidnappers from targeting the tycoon's children. It was Berlusconi's right-hand man Marcello Dell'Utriwho advised to take Mangano for the job. Mangano took care of the Villa's security and sometimes took Berlusconi's children to school.
Berlusconi kept Mangano as an employee despite his criminal record dating back to the 1960s. He never dismissed him even when, during his time as employee in the Villa, he was imprisoned because of convictions, and suspected of arranging the kidnapping of a friend of Berlusconi. Mangano left spontaneously in late 1975, concerned about Berlusconi's reputation, when many newspapers started making a scandal about his stay at Arcore. Berlusconi later stated that he was absolutely unaware of who Mangano really was when he hired him.
Paolo Borsellinonamed Mangano in his last interview on May 19, 1992, with the reporters Jean Pierre Moscardo and Fabrizio Calvi. Borsellino spoke about the relations and connections of the Mafia with business and politics. According to Borsellino, Mangano was the link between the Sicilian Mafiaand its interests in Northern Italy. Borsellino was killed two months after this interview by a car bomb in Via D'Amelio.
pentito Salvatore Cancemidisclosed that Berlusconi's company Fininvest, through Marcello Dell'Utriand Mangano, had paid Cosa Nostra 200 million lire (100 000 euro) annually. The alleged contacts, according to Cancemi, were to lead to legislation favourable to Cosa Nostra, in particular the harsh article 41-bis prison regime. The underlying premise was that Cosa Nostra would support Berlusconi's Forza Italiaparty in return for political favours. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4183973,00.html Berlusconi friend on trial for 'aiding Mafia'] , The Guardian, May 10, 2001]
According to pentito
Antonino Giuffrè, Mangano served as a go between for the Mafia boss Stefano Bontade: "When Vittorio Mangano got the job in the Arcore villa, boss Stefano Bontade and some of his close aides used to meet Berlusconi using visits to Mangano as an excuse." Giuffrè told the Palermo court that despite the prime minister's assertions to the contrary, Mangano's Mafia identity was known when he was hired at the villa. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2638609.stm Berlusconi accused of Mafia links] , BBC News, January 8, 2003]
Mangano was sentenced to life imprisonment on
July 19, 2000for the murder of Giuseppe Pecoraro and Giovambattista Romano in January 1995. Moreover, he was suspected to be responsible for the kidnapping of Luigi D'Angerio after a dinner in the Silvio Berlusconi's Villaon December 7, 1974.
Mangano died a few days after the verdict on
July 23, 2000in jail. He had been imprisoned five years before because of other crimes ( drug trade, extortion). He died of a cancer. The epigraph of his tombstone is "«rifiutò di barattare la sua dignità con la libertà»" (he refused to barter his dignity for freedom).
During an interview on
April 8, 2008, Marcello Dell'Utridescribed Mangano as a great man who went to prison because he refused to say false things against Berlusconi.it icon [http://www.repubblica.it/2008/04/sezioni/politica/verso-elezioni-18/berlusconi-toghe/berlusconi-toghe.html Berlusconi: "Perizie per i pm" Dell'Utri: "Mangano un eroe"] , La Repubblica, April 8, 2008] The following day, April 9, during a show on La7channel Berlusconi supported that declaration by saying "Marcello Dell'Utri is right: Mangano was a hero, because he never invented anything about me".
*it icon Travaglio, Marco & Elio Veltri (2001). "L'odore dei soldi. Origini e misteri delle fortune di Silvio Berlusconi", Rome: Editori Riuniti ISBN 88-359-5007-4
*it icon [http://www.cuntrastamu.org/mafia/documenti/dellutri.htm Relationship between Mangano and Dell'Utri (italian sentences)]
*it icon [http://www.democrazialegalita.it/intervistaborsellino.htm Borsellino's last interview (italian on RaiNews24)]
*it icon [http://www.repubblica.it/online/cronaca/mangano/mangano/mangano.html "Ergastolo a Vittorio Mangano"] , La Repubblica, July 17, 2000.
*it icon [http://www.repubblica.it/online/cronaca/mangano/morto/morto.html "Muore Mangano"] , La Repubblica, July 23, 2000.
*it icon [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD4ixdKJzOE "Berlusconi: Mangano was a hero"] , RadioDue, April 9, 2008.
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