Orlandi case, Lupacchini: “Accusing Wojtyla? Neroni induced to make those statements”

The former magistrate: “He was a ‘borderline’ subject with respect to crime and the Services, I wonder what they wanted to happen”

“On the statements of the ex of the Banda della Magliana Marcello Neroni what interests me to understand is what purpose was proposed by those who sent him to make those statements”. Thus the former magistrate Otello Lupacchini to Adnkronos comments on the audio on the Orlandi case with the accusations against John Paul II which have recently aroused controversy after the story was revived by Emanuela’s brother, Pietro Orlandi.

In his career Lupacchini has dealt with some of Italy’s best-known bloody crimes, from the murder of prosecutor Mario Amato by the Nars to that of the banker Roberto Calvi and led the investigation against the new Red Brigades after the murder of Professor Massimo D’Antona. But Lupacchini’s name is also linked to the first maxi roundup against the Banda della Magliana, of which he was the director, the ‘Colosseum’ operation, and for this reason he is a great connoisseur of the Roman criminal group.

“Neroni was a ‘borderline’ subject with respect to crime and the Services, therefore the real problem is understanding who it is because it led him, 14 years ago, to make those statements freewheeling. What did they want to happen?”, he asks. Periodically, even after years, we return to talk about the Banda della Magliana. “After having denied its very existence for years, while the Capital was put on fire, then it turned out that it could be a trend, the right condiment to put everywhere – says Lupacchini – Today everything is Banda della Magliana, but we need to talk about it for established facts, for facts in which instead there is no evidence there everyone can tell what they want “.

Lupacchini spoke at the presentation of his book ‘De Iniustitiae execratione’, which was held this morning in the members’ room of the Forum Sport Center in Rome. Davide Conti, historian, Giuseppe Rippa, director of the Radicale Moderna agency, and the journalist Old Joseph. Among other things, the book retraces what happened to the former Attorney General of Catanzaro, after the accusations that were made against him of wanting to denigrate some judicial investigations by the Catanzaro DDA and the work of Nicola Gratteri. In particular, in the aftermath of the ‘Rinascita-Scott’ operation and the over 300 arrests, Lupacchini had spoken of “evanescence as a moody shadow” of some operations of the Catanzaro district attorney and for that matter the former magistrate ended up in 2020 before the disciplinary section of the Csm. “In that evanescence” explains Lupacchini today “the moody shadow is the cycles of the moon which in some moments exalt and in others they mask”.

On justice reform, the former magistrate urges the separation of careers, to ensure that in the courtrooms “the two sides, prosecutor and defense, collide and then the truth emerges, that of the judge”. Lupacchini is skeptical of the “major raids that end up in flash in the pan, of the trials in the bunker halls, which become metaphors of the maxi trial of Falcone and Borsellino”. This is why he distrusts ‘sanctifications’. “The investigations I have dealt with in my career have made me very popular and if I could be torn apart there would be many suspects – he concludes – but I don’t aspire to be ‘saint right away’, there are too many, I prefer to remain a man with its defects and contradictions”.