Acquittal for Mafia association, 2 years suspended sentence for Narcotics association

8 years after issuing it’s warrant of arrest against Palazzolo the Court in Rome, in absentia, sentenced him to two years imprisonment and a fine for his role in the Swiss case (article 75 of Law 685/1975 for financing of drug trafficking). This was possible, legally, because there was no convention in existence between Switzerland and Italy which recognised the “ne bis in idem” (double jeopardy) principle.

At the same time it acquitted him of Mafia association: “because the fact does not exist”.

It should be noted that the Italians used the exact same evidence for their case as the Swiss had done, starting in 1982.