An employer that he refused to Mafia extortion describes the life of danger and loneliness that awaits those who rebel against it.
“Why do I have to pay bribes? I pay my taxes to the state. I have to pay any more. I am Sicilian and not move to Sicily.”
proposed that we meet in a bar in front of the Interior Ministry in Rome, and asks for ENVE by e-mail my identification as a journalist. “I just go with the escort” justified. Ignazio cutr is a Sicilian businessman who said “no” to the mafia. In other words, he refused to extortion and Cosa Nostra now has to go everywhere with two bodyguards . l and his family. As has already been seven years since 2008 and should remain the same for the rest of his life because, he warns, “the mafia never forgets.” “We asesinarn at the time when the State abandon us,” he says convinced.
cutr is presented to the appointment accompanied two carabinieri in civilian clothes and dark sunglasses. The businessman hastens a cigarette before entering the bar and on the street and start talking in spurts, as if it needed time and words to explain its history. One of the two bodyguards first access to the establishment, and after giving instructions to cutr to enter.
“The Mafia did not reach me to ask for money,” the businessman replied when asked how much the Cosa Nostra exiga him to pay. “I am very cabezn and not give in. They contacted me, but I would not talk to them,” he says. And whisper, as if someone might or: “Why do I have to pay bribes I pay my taxes to the state not I have to pay anyone else?.”. As that cutr desembols not a single euro, but the mob made life impossible .
They burned their vehicles and threatened to kill him
On October 10 of the year 1999 burned trucks, excavators and other machines of your company, which was engaged in earthmoving, construction of houses and roads. But he refused to budge: both bought new vehicles and new machinery.
La Cosa Nostra turned to quemrselo all, to steal gasoline, throwing incendiary bottles at home and sending threatening letters to ensuring that killed his family.
“They try to destroy you psychologically, give fear” he tells cutr, revealing that attempt on his company 32 times . The is well told.
In 2006 the police opened an investigation and two years later five people Panepinto Sicilian family were arrested and convicted of third-degree extortion and attacks businessman. The State offered him a l go into a protection program .
“There are two types of programs. The so-called protected area. That is, you move yourself and your family to another city, change your identity, give you a house and you pay a monthly fee for at least four years until deemed no longer in danger. Then you stop collecting that money, and you pay an indemnity for the suffered moral damages and to theoretically rehagas your life but unable to return to your place of origin, details cutr.
“The other alternative is to stay where you live. Do not pay any monthly, but at least keep your identity and they put a guard who watches you night and gives “, further he explains. Sa is the option that he and his family chose he says, proudly showing your passport . “My name Ignazio cutr and as I keep calling. I am Sicilian and Sicilian not move, “he says.” I have to be the one to leave my land. The State is the one who has to take out the mobsters of all “, he adds.
die not only of mafia, also lonely
But living with two people always siguindote heels is not life . The employer lies in the town of Bivona, a village of 4,000 inhabitants in the province of Agrigento, southern Sicily, and the neighbors did not see with good eyes that were escorted everywhere. “ When he entered a bar, living worldwide “describes.
His wife, his son Giuseppe, who is now 26 years, and his daughter Veronica, 23, also began carrying bodyguards from 2011 . Each two ‘carabinieri’ . In addition cutr moving in armored and his house has video surveillance car. All paid by the Italian State.
“Slowly we started to be alone, isolated . We lost all the friends of the night to the morning, “he laments.” The only ones who stayed with us are the people who escorted us, the ‘carabinieri’ and their families. Giovanne Falcone was right when deca not only dies of mafia, also dies of loneliness, “mumbles citing the famous anti-Mafia judge murdered in 1992.
cutr cre in 2013 National Association of Testimonials Justice , which brings together traders or entrepreneurs as l who refused extortion Cosa Nostra or witnessed a mob hit and now their lives are in danger.
It also has become a regular at the media Italians and organizing protests for the rights of people persecuted by the mafia.
“At least I can do,” he says with vanity. “Whoever changes his identity , live in fear, as a fugitive, “he argues. The association demands” dignity “for victims and that they pay a indemnity for moral damage of having to live with continuous surveillance.
Ignazio cutr is safe that the Italian Government to withdraw the escort one day and then you matarn. “ Only I hope m assassinate me first and the State did not make the mistake of leaving my family.” It is your sole desire.