Wiretaps, the turning point: the data of those not under investigation are removed from the reports

An ‘omission’ in the minutes regarding the names of uninvestigated third parties: with the justice project comes a new restriction on the publication of wiretaps. An amendment by Forzista senator Pierantonio Zanettin intervenes in the criminal procedure code by providing that the Public Prosecutor’s Office must give instructions and ensure that circumstances that “allow the identification of subjects other than the parties” do not appear in the minutes. The text in the original, more restrictive version provided that “in any case, the names of people not related to the investigations and who are guaranteed anonymity are excluded”. It was reformulated by the government, also with the mediation of the president of the Justice Commission, Giulia Bongiorno, and approved with a majority yes and Italia Viva. “This is an additional guarantee standard – for the Deputy Minister of Justice, Francesco Paolo Sisto – that reinforces the concrete application of the principle of presumption of innocence”.

“A part of the legitimately acquired interceptions, and which legitimately entered into trial, cannot be known to public opinion” – the leader of the PD group Alfredo Bazoli criticizes the entire structure of the bill – “while the principle of publicity of the trial is sacrosanct in a liberal state.” Forza Italia exults: “Let us therefore write, once and for all, the final word on the barbaric practice of putting on the front page the names of people who have nothing to do with the investigations – says the leader of the group Maurizio Gasparri – and who, by chance or bad luck, end up involved and crushed by the mud machine”. For the president of the commission, Giulia Bongiorno, who over the last year has promoted a broad investigation into the topic of wiretapping, “those who talk about blackout of information have not read the text. have nothing to do with the investigations.”

The commission will continue on Tuesday, the 16th, with the vote on the amendments. There are still around forty proposals on the table, but most intend to finish analyzing the Nordio bill in committee by next week. Among the points to be addressed is another change regarding Zanettin’s wiretapping of conversations between the defender and the suspect. According to the amendment, which has a favorable opinion from the Government, “the acquisition of any form of communication, even if it is not correspondence, between the accused and his lawyer is prohibited, unless the judicial authority has reasonable grounds. to believe that it is a body of crime.” Furthermore, wiretapping operations must be stopped “immediately” when it is found that the conversation or communication falls within those for which recording is prohibited. The text was reformulated, the part relating to the “destruction” of interceptions was eliminated.

Another front is also opening up in justice. The commission is expected to give its opinion on the decrees implementing the Cartabia reform in the coming days. Zanettin, who is the speaker, revived the issue of psycho-aptitude tests for magistrates, which in recent weeks has shaken the relationship between politics and the judiciary. “I don’t see anything against the fact that when entering the judiciary, just like for the police, there are tests”, he highlights to LaPresse. President Bongiorno said she agrees. Let’s see what our colleagues from Fratelli d’Italia will say.” “Aptitude tests for magistrates are not punitive,” Bongiorno is succinct, confirming that he is in favor.

Source: IL Tempo