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Director of Mafia prosecutors devoted to dangerous duty


By Adrian Humphreys


PALERMO, SICILY — There are things on the walls of Leonardo Agueci’s fortified office that trigger giddy exuberance and there are things that turn his expressive face grave and dour.

Among the clutter of mismatched frames, in the corner, is memorabilia of Inter Milan, one of Italy’s great soccer teams. Talk of Inter and his speech quickens, delivering a homily on recent struggles of a team with a glorious past.

Above his desk, however, is a wood-framed photograph of two former colleagues who were murdered for doing the same work Mr. Agueci does as the head of anti-Mafia prosecutions in Palermo, Sicily, the birthplace of the Mafia. Mention the photo of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, both blown to bits in 1992, and Mr. Agueci’s smile withers.

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