Hard to believe that a lifelong criminal would get a funeral fit for royalty.
Helicopter pilot is suspended after flying low over Rome dropping flower petals at a ‘mafia’ boss’s lavish funeral complete with The Godfather music – while the city’s mayor is under pressure to resign.
The helicopter pilot who flew low over Rome to drop petals during the Hollywood-style funeral of a ‘mafia boss’ has had his licence suspended.
Hundreds of tearful mourners paid their final respects to Vittorio Casamonica, 65, whom police said was a leader of the Casamonica clan – but the ostentatious scenes, complete with horse-drawn carriage and theme music from The Godfather, infuriated many observers.
The so-called Mafia Capital probe launched in December has seen dozens of politicians and politicians arrested amid allegations that organised crime has moved outside its southern bastions and infested Italy’s capital.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government has launched an investigation and Rosy Bindi, a member of Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) and president of parliament’s anti-mafia committee, said the funeral was ‘yet another wound for Rome and humiliated all Italians’.
She said that it was ‘alarming’ that a funeral for someone purportedly caught up in the mob could be ‘transformed into an ostentatious show of mafia power’
Politicians expressed outrage at the scene, which played out on television news reports all afternoon and evening.
‘You conquered Rome, now you’ll conquer paradise,’ read a banner on the entrance of the San Giovanni Bosco church on the outskirts of Italy’s capital.
Another read ‘King of Rome’ – featuring Casamonica’s image along with the famous landmarks of the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica.
It was widely interpreted as a direct challenge to the rule of law in a city already rocked by months of corruption scandals.