Ruling regarding the conflict of jurisdiction – double jeopardy – within Italy

The conflict of jurisdiction between Rome and Palermo in their dealings with Palazzolo was apparently resolved by the Supreme Court of Appeal. Rome was given crimes under article 75 of Law 685/75 (Association as an intermediary for financing narcotics) and 416 bis of the Criminal Code (Mafia association). Under false premises Palermo retained articles 71 and 74 of the same law (685/75).

From here on in Palazzolo was subjected to two proceedings for the same facts by two different judicial authorities, and the Rome/Palermo ruling was ultimately criticised by the Court of Rome, according to whom the charges brought against Palazzolo referred to a single instance and, in the same manner as his co-accused, should have been judged by a single Judge (in the Court of Rome).