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Paolo Borsellino

Italian judge

Died when: 52 years 182 days (630 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn


Paolo Borsellino

Paolo Emanuele Borsellino (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːolo borselˈliːno];Sicilian: Pàulu Borsellino; 19 January 1940 – 19 July 1992) was an Italian judge and prosecuting magistrate.

From his office in the Palace of Justice in Palermo, Sicily, he spent most of his professional life trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian Mafia.

After a long and distinguished career, culminating in the Maxi Trial in 1986–1987, on 19 July 1992, Borsellino was killed by a car bomb in Via D'Amelio, near his mother's house in Palermo.

Borsellino's life parallels that of his close friend Giovanni Falcone.They both spent their early years in the same neighbourhood in Palermo.

Though many of their childhood friends grew up in the Mafia background, both men fought on the other side of the war against crime in Sicily as prosecuting magistrates.

They were both killed in 1992, a few months apart.In recognition of their tireless effort and sacrifice during the anti-mafia trials, they were both awarded the Gold Medal for Civil Valor.

They were also named as heroes of the last 60 years in the 13 November 2006 issue of Time Magazine.

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