Palazzolo to von Palace Kolbatschenko: Why I changed my name

When I arrived in South Africa I was being hounded by the Press and in many other quarters. As any one knows who reads newspapers and magazines, the Press can be highly oppressive and their reports rarely have any foundation in the truth. This has been my experience. So I changed my name. I am [...]

Palazzolo: A Prominent International Jurist’s View

A great deal has been written about Vito Roberto Palazzolo in the press. He has been described as a member of the Sicilian crime family, the Cosa Nostra. He is said to have been implicated in the so-called Pizza Connection conspiracy to distribute heroin from pizza parlours in the United States. It is true that [...]

Nolle Prosequi: the case is being dropped

Nolle prosequi is a declaration made by a prosecutor in a criminal case or by a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit either before or during trial, meaning the case against the defendant is being dropped. The declaration may be made because the charges cannot be proved, the evidence has demonstrated either innocence or a fatal [...]

South African conspiracy

Subsequent to the exposure of the conspiracy hatched between Palermo and disreputable elements in the SAP in South Africa, an investigation was ordered to establish the truth of the charges put forward by the Italian Judiciary. This was entrusted to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Bulelani Nguka, who headed up a special unit called the Scorpions. [...]

Illegitimate Italian activity in South Africa

The persecution of Palazzolo by the Italian Authorities reached its climax in 1997, when a further warrant of arrest was issued. This was almost certainly generated by the SMITH REPORT (so-called Operation Intrigue), which was forwarded to the Italian Judicial Authorities and to the S.C.O. (Central Coordinating Unit of the Italian State Police) on 10.02.1997. There had [...]

Press Release: Vito Roberto Palazzolo

Firstly, I would like to thank the South African and international media for their interest in my case which has been a festering sore in the face of the Italian justice system for the better part of 30 years now. I have nothing to hide, unlike certain quarters in Palermo and in South Africa where [...]

Article 6 from the Convention on Human Rights

In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Judgement shall be pronounced publicly by the press and public may be excluded from all or part [...]

Public Prosecutor of Palermo avoids Palazzolo

Palazzolo had always stated that he wanted to be heard and made himself available to the Public Prosecutor in Palermo, Domenico Gozzo. But he always refused to question him, giving as his reason that he was a fugitive from justice. But he was never a fugitive. Once he had served his sentence, which he did, [...]

Violation of the Principle of Double Jeopardy

VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 4 PROTOCOL 7 ATTACHMENT TO THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (NE BIS IN IDEM PRINCIPLE) It is important to understand the basic principle of Double Jeopardy; the circumvention of which has been the single major obstacle and objective of the authorities in Palermo, in their campaign to persecute Vito Roberto Palazzolo. [...]

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