Mark Covell, one of the most seriously injuried and a indymedia UK NUJ journalist said, "I am very happy and over the moon. I am sure the rest of the Diaz victims are as well. Both trials will finish and we will get justice by seeing these high ranking police go to jail for their crimes." He also said after arriving in Genoa, "Some of the british witnesses and myself are testifying this month and the Undercurrents footage of the opening moments of the raid is being submitted and played to a public court on January 11th. This is a big day for all of us."
In seperate developments a strike by lawyers, magistrates and judges against the "Save Previti Law" may occur on the 17, 18, 19 th of January. It increasingly looks obvious that Berlusconi stands isolated and alone in wanting this law to pass to save his lawyer. Gianfranco Fini has choosed to oppose the previti law because its rejection by parliament would see Berlusconi knocked out the Italian General Election due on April 9th.
The Diaz and Bolzaneto trials, whilst not finishing until the end of 2006 at the earliest, will be an election issue. Observers have noted that Gianfranco Fini and Berlusconi cannot have credible policies on crime, anti-terrorism, law and order because of the high number (75) on trial. Both trials continue to attract high international media interest and this will intensify towards the election due to more revelations coming out over the next few weeks. The pressure will also grow on Justice Minister Castelli to resign over allegations he was responsible for the conditions set at Bolzaneto after the Diaz raid. Also calls for a parliamentary inquiry in the politicians role in the Diaz massacre and subsequent torture following the G8 summit of July 2001, will intensify. Romano Prodi and Bertinotti have already included the inquiry in their manifesto's
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It is necessary to have two appeal results (? - one conviction, and two completed cases at appeal courts) to get actual convictions in the criminal law case. I hope this makes sense - my capability to translate Italian legal issues from German to English are limited ;).