Italy: «He was a gentleman» — Corleone reacts to Mafia «Godfather» Toto Riina's death

SOT, Journalist (Italian): «Did you know him?» SOT, Vincenzo Canoca, citizen of Corleone (Italian): «No, I only knew him from the press, I didn't know him in person. [I knew him] only through television and newspapers.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «A question: according to you, did [Riina] do something good for Corleone and for Sicily?» SOT, Vincenzo Canoca, citizen of Corleone (Italian): «He... Еще did good to the whole of Sicily, not just for Corleone. To the whole of Sicily. When they were in charge things were going good: one could work, eat and there were less taxes to pay. Now the government is stripping us [from everything], we keep paying more and more taxes». SOT, Journalist (Italian): «What do you think?» SOT, Salvatore Benicasa, citizen of Corleone (Italian): «I personally think that [Riina's death] could also be a positive thing for Corleone, I don't honestly think it is something negative. Both for our image and the rest. You probably could see it yourself. Here it feels like we are constantly under pressure. So I don't know what to say, we will keep working and living towards the future as before.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «What was Riina's fate?» SOT, Pippo Cipriani, citizen of Corleone (Italian): «He died. Full stop. There is nothing to do about it.» SOT, Giovanni Zanca, citizen of Corleone (Italian): «People's death obviously deserves respect, no matter what. It's clear that today a heavy piece of the story of Corleone has gone. From this standpoint, Riina represented the toughest branch of Cosa Nostra, the one that never asked for forgiveness, or that never went back and never had any kind of attention towards the many victims [of the Mafia]. For the many relatives of [Riina's] victims this must be something to think about.» Corleone locals shared mixed opinions about the death of Sicilian Mafia «boss of bosses» Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, Friday. Riina died after undergoing two surgeries in a prison hospital in the northern Italian city of Parma earlier in the day. Vincenzo Canoca said he feels «very sorry» about Toto Riina's death. The man added that, although he didn't know the boss in person, to him «he was a gentleman.» Another local, Salvatore Benicasa, said that «Riina's death could also be a positive thing for Corleone» as it would take pressure off the Sicilian town and allow it to restore its image. Local, Giovanni Zanca, said: «People's death obviously deserves respect, no matter who. It's clear that today a heavy piece of the story of Corleone has gone.» The man then added: «For the many relatives of [Riina's] victims this must be something to think about.» Riina was jailed in 1993 and was serving 26 life sentences. He reportedly suffered from kidney cancer, Parkinson's disease and a heart condition. Riina was the head of Sicily’s infamous Cosa Nostra crime syndicate, an organisation that was believed to be Italy's most powerful mafia group in the 1980s and 1990s. He is believed to have been the mastermind of at least 150 murders.

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