“I appreciate the work of Minister Cartabia, she is very committed, but I would not sing victory, I am not smiling on the aspect of the prescription, we have returned to an Italian anomaly”. The former premier Giuseppe Conte said this when speaking during the conference of young entrepreneurs of Confindustria, regarding the justice reform launched yesterday by the CDM.
“If a trial vanishes for nothing for such a short duration it cannot be a victory for the rule of law,” he said. “Mediation had been offered, there are a thousand expedients to ensure a reasonable duration of the trials by ascertaining the truth”, continued Conte, adding that “the constitutional principles are fundamental” and the new 5 Star Movement “will have to respect them”.
Also arrives the post of Alfonso Bonafede, former Minister of Justice. Dry, very tough, albeit with polite tones, of the former Keeper of the Seals, who says no to the Cartabia reform which in fact distorts his statute of limitations. And he openly criticizes the position taken by the M5S, which in the end, after a great internal struggle, said yes to the Cartabia reform. “Unfortunately – he puts pen to paper – yesterday the M5S was dramatically the same as the other political forces despite the fact that the will to abstention had leaked. To restart, if you really want to restart, you need to be aware of your limits: in improvised unanimity yesterday, which saw everyone together with everyone, inevitably and objectively watered down a battle that lasted ten years “.
“Justice is not a personal matter. It is not, or should not be, a propaganda challenge field between political forces. It is not a flag and must not be placed under the suffocating blackmail of ideological prejudices – he makes clear – Justice is the moment in which each state tests its ability to protect the rights of citizens. Someone takes advantage of the reform of the criminal process passed yesterday in the council of ministers, with the fearful and obsequious approval of the M5s ministers (who did not even have time and the possibility of analyzing the proposal), to attack me and the battles I have carried out (and which I would do again tomorrow morning, with my head held high, without batting an eye) “.
“I am sorry that someone does not realize that in a process that ends in nothing (that nothing is called prescription or inadmissibility does not matter) there is the greatest and most serious failure of a rule of law. sincerely appreciated the attempts of Minister Cartabia to find an objectively difficult synthesis: however, it is clear (and legitimate) that we think differently about the prescription “. According to Bonafede, “the rule passed yesterday, in my humble opinion, risks turning into a procedural slash that produces islands of impunity and which, in any case, will lengthen the times of the trials”.
“It is true – he adds – We are talking about a regulation that will not go into effect before 2024 and that” grants “a little more time for corruption offenses. But it is really too little because it is too far from what we have promised and realized. But, net of merit, I want to reiterate that the battle over the prescription, mine and (until yesterday morning) of all the M5s, is not (and has never been) a personal matter: it is a question, indeed of an ambition, institutional. The ambition to create a justice system capable of always giving an answer to citizens who turn to the State to protect their rights “.
“I firmly believe that the statute of limitations contained in the so-called” corrupt sweep “has given hope to many citizens of having a more serious and credible judicial system”. Therefore the criticism of the Movement, yesterday “dramatically equal to the other political forces”.