The Media and prevailing opinion by John Grobler

Introduction to Grobler’s commentary by VR Palazzolo

For and against me

It’s nearly impossible for me to air my side of my story. The assumption in the media is that I am guilty and, given that I have never been convicted of either being in the Mafia or for money laundering, people assume that there is some hidden aspect in my case, a smoking gun, somewhere, still smoking after 30 years! Which explains (they think) why the judiciary in Palermo never stops issuing warrants and writs against me. Always Palermo. Arguably the most corrupt place in Europe has evidence proving that I was in the Mafia, or that I was a witting money-launderer! And this evidence they won’t share or bring to the courts!

Kafka and The Trial

It’s crazy and patently corrupt and were it not so tragic for me and my family, it would make good literature. In Kafka’s book, The Trial, a man is arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority; the nature of his crime is never revealed either to him or the reader. And I think, well, this is me. The Trial could have been written for me.

So read the commentary below, written by the well known investigative journalist, John Grobler, who began – like everyone – by persecuting me. That is, until he looked into the evidence, for and against me. Unlike St Paul he experienced no blinding light on the road to Damascus; he merely read the facts and the evidence. Which is all anyone has to do. What is it that they accuse me of? No-one can say.

Please read on.

Robert Palazzolo

On January 28th 2011 John Grobler wrote:

After having looked at all the cases brought to court – and all the information that has become available over the past 28 years – my impression is that there are very powerful people who wish to keep a sword hanging over your head.

The problem of course is that there has been tendentious reporting on your case: from the first court to the most recent, the media has reported the accusations, but never the outcomes. And what is most shocking about this is that the newspapers, when alerted to this, simply refuse to hear your side of the story.

The question is, why? Is it that they (the newspaper editors in question) have a hidden agenda, or simply a case of miss-placed false pride, that they cannot say “sorry, we were wrong, we’re sorry?”

I am sorry for my own tendentious reporting – and will keep kicking this door until something gives…

John Grobler