Policoro Case. Five thousand euro fine for TV show “Chi l’ha visto?”
They will have to be paid both by Federica Sciarelli and Gianloreto Carbone, the journalists convicted of defamation by the court of Matera
For a case occurred in 1988 and talked about it in 2007, the journalists Federica Sciarelli and Gianloreto Carbone, editor and reporter respectively of the inquisitive TV show aired onRaiTreChi l’havisto?, On June 13th they have been found guilty by the court of Matera on chargesof defamation, and sentenced to pay a fine of five thousand euros. The lawyer FerdinandoIzzo had sued them for the criticism against him aired in three services broadcast in 2007.
The judge of the Criminal Court Maria Grazia Caserta, has established the right of the lawyerIzzo to be paid for damages (that will be quantified by a civil court) and ordered Sciarelli and Carbone to pay the expenses of bringing forward the court procedures (€2500) and ordered the publication of the judgment on the website of the Ministry of Justice. The sentence was suspended on probation.
The journalist Carbone had rebuilt in 2007 the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death, which occurred in 1988, of the young couple of Luca Orioli and MariarosaAndreotta, found dead in the bathroom of the boy’s parents’ home inPolicoro (near Matera). Among other things, the reporter stated that Izzo, at the time honorary deputy magistrate (there was still the old Penal Code), did carry on the first investigation into the death of the two as he should have. The lawyer did not ask for the correction, but had proceeded by presenting the lawsuit.
THE CASE – On the facts of Policoro, there have been various judicial inquiries, but still no truth has come out. There have been several hypotheses as time passed about the cause of death: startingfrom electrocution due to a heater in the bathroom. Years later, Chi l’havisto?and other journalists have dealt with this case by exploring a number of obscure points: the position of the bodies, which according to some had been modified; the presence of several photographers called to document the discovery of the bodies. Alleged false leads and other events murk the background of this mysterious story.
As Carbone tells Ossigeno: “They condemned us because in my first service I said that Izzo was under a judicial inquiry ascertaining the correctness of his conduct relative to the investigations, omitting to mention that after the proceeding, the case was archived. We said that Izzo had not worked well. The autopsy, among other things, was performed by a paediatrician, who later revealed that he had only examined the victims’ faces. At the last hearing we presented a document that corroborates our hypothesis.”
IZZO – “All the doubts and journalistic reconstructions on that case are legitimate”, the lawyerNicola Rocco, defender of Izzo, admitted. But he immediately adds that his client “has nothing to do with it, and is a professional who has already been judged by the judiciary, which has ruled out any fault he might have had and, therefore, deserves to enjoy the right to be forgotten on this issue.” In essence, he says, it is not true that Izzo had real powers of investigation, because they were not provided for in the Code then in force, and therefore the critics from theTV show onRaiTre are not motivated. Furthermore the lawyer added that Chi l’haVisto?accusedIzzoof having tampered with the crime scene: “but it is a completely fictional reconstruction”.
The journalists defended themselves by claiming to have made a legitimate criticism. Moreover, as Federica Sciarelli argued in court, the TV programme has been more critical not ofIzzo, but rather of the lawyer Nicola Buccico, past Senator and Mayor of Matera. The latter, Carbone adds, “was first the legal counsel for the parents of Luca Orioli, but then moved on to defend Izzo and the doctor author of the autopsy, who were sued in turn by his own former clients. To us, this behaviour felt immoral, and we criticized it”.
PRECEDENTS – Carbone is also one of the protagonists of another story that Ossigeno has told in the past, and which also concerns Buccico. The journalist was accused, along with others, of conspiracy with intent to induce Buccico to withdraw his candidacy for mayor of Matera in the period in which he had been involved in the investigation “TogheLucane”. The investigation assumed the existence of a “business committee” made up of politicians, judges, lawyers, businessmen and public officials that handled some important business transactions in Basilicata. Buccico had emerged unscathed from the judicial investigation.