Born in 1945 in Licata, Pietro Grasso begins his career in the judiciary in 1969 as magistrate in Barrafranca, then the deputy prosecutor at the Court of Palermo. In the Sicilian capital, he dealt investigations on with public administration and organised crime in the mid-1970s. He took charge of the investigation into the murder of Piersanti Mattarella in 1980. In 1985, he has held the position of judge to assessors in the first Maxi Trail against Cosa nostra, together with the President of the Court Alfonso Giordano. Once the Maxi Trail ended, he was appointed consultant of the Antimafia Commission, and, in 1991, alongside Giovanni Falcone as Adviser to the Criminal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Justice: in this brief but momentous experience, interrupted by attacks in Capaci and via D'Amelio, National Antimafia Prosecutor's Office, the District Departments and the Anti-Mafia Investigation Department all came into being. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Chief Prosecutor of the Republic in Palermo and left his mark, with hundreds of arrests and the delivery to the justice of thirteen of the thirty most dangerous fugitives. Twice the National Antimafia Prosecutor (2005 and 2010), in 2006 he worked on capturing the boss Bernardo Provenzano, a fugitive since 1963. After resigning from the judiciary, he became engaged in politics and brought his experience to parliament, raising fundamental issues such as prison reform, the defence of legality, justice reform and the fight against organised crime. On 16 March, 2013, he was elected President of the Senate of the Republic.
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