- Francesco Musotto
A former member of the
Italian Socialist Party, he is currently with Forza Italia(part of the European People's Party), sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development, is a substitute for the Committee on Fisheries, and of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. He is also the current President of the Province of Palermo.
He graduated in
lawin 1969, worked as a lawyerfrom 1974, and as a farmer from 1996. Musotto earned a second diplomain agriculturein 1998.
Francesco Musotto was arrested on
November 8, 1995, for collusion with the Mafia. He was accused of providing housing to the mafioso Leoluca Bagarellaand passing on confidential information from the police. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19951109/ai_n14016816 Berlusconi ally held on Mafia charges] , The Independent, November 9, 1995] He was forced to resign as president of the province of Palermo, but he was immediately re-elected after his acquittal in April 1998. Musotto said he knew mafiosi because he had been their lawyer and said he never had asked for votes from Cosa Nostra.
European Parliament election, 2004 (Italy)
*Jamieson, Alison (2000). "The Antimafia: Italy’s fight against organized crime", London: Macmillan, ISBN 0-333-80158-X.
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