There was anger and disbelief in Italy last night at the news that one of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra's most infamous killers has walked free after serving 25 years in jail.
The release of former Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, who turned state's evidence after his 1996 arrest, has provoked outrage among the public, politicians and the relatives of his victims.
Brusca, who once stated that he had committed or ordered more than 150 murders, is most notorious for the 1992 Capaci bombing in which five people were killed including anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone.
In 1996 Brusca ordered the strangling of a 14 year-old boy, son of a fellow-mobster who had turned informer, after holding him hostage for 779 days.
The boy's body was then dissolved in a barrel of acid, in a horrific act of revenge against his father, Santino Di Matteo.
The state is rowing against us" - she told Italian news agency Adnkronos - "The whole of Italy should be outraged.".
Politicians also expressed their outrage after Brusca walked out of Rome's Rebibbia jail yesterday evening, 45 days before the conclusion of his sentence. »