"I believe that at this time opening a third investigation that follows logics and forms different from the judicial authority, would also be a pernicious interference for the genuineness of the ongoing investigations". This was said by the Vatican promoter of justice, Alessandro Diddi, who was informally heard in the Senate in view of the vote on the bicameral commission of inquiry into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori. "Unfortunately - he added - an excess of public interest can constitute a pollution of the genuineness of the work we are carrying out in collaboration with the Rome prosecutor's office".
The chief prosecutor of Rome
"What is the possible embarrassment? Let me say it, the embarrassment in which we may find ourselves and I really trust in caution, worries me about the possibility of offering stages, additional stages to someone who in the past has even used some stage for uses other than those of justice". This was said by the chief prosecutor of Rome, Francesco Lo Voi, after hearing in the Senate. Today's hearings at the first Constitutional Affairs Commission are taking place as part of the upcoming vote on whether or not to establish a bicameral commission of inquiry into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori. "We have situations - explained Lo Voi - in which the same subjects in one place have said one thing, in another place they have said another, in a third yet another and these discrepancies are not always highlighted for a correct evaluation of the reliability of the speaker". "Then - he concluded - it can only be a choice of Parliament to set up a commission of inquiry but allow me to make a deep and sincere appeal that we can obtain the maximum guarantees allowed to avoid offering further stages to those who are moved by different interests".
The words of the lawyer of the Orlandi family "The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi
cannot and must not be limited to the controversy of recent weeks. Because it would be unfair, not only to the family, but also to this country. The kidnapping of Emanuela has accompanied forty years of Italian history and her name has appeared in the investigations of the attack on Santo Giovanni Paolo II, the Calvi murder, the crack of the Banco Ambrosiano, the Banda della Magliana. Pieces of history of this country that are still not fully clarified. Understanding what happened to Emanuela could help clarify other important facts in the history of Italy. The truth is needed by everyone, not only by Emanuela's family". This was stated by the lawyer of the Orlandi family, Laura Sgrò, in the memorandum filed today with the First Institutional Affairs Commission in the Senate.
Pietro Orlandi and lawyer Laura Sgrò
"Truth about the disappearance of this Vatican town is also due to those Italians, many - adds Sgrò - who say that Emanuela is also their sister. Who stop family members on the street, who write to them, who make their affection felt to the Orlandi, who move from all over the world to participate in the sit-ins organized for Emanuela. Truth is due to the institutions, to those magistrates and to the police who have done so much, and, despite this, no one, in forty years, has ever ended up in the dock. The truth is also due to Catholics, who love the Holy Pope without hesitation, but also ask for truth for Emanuela, who pray that she returns home. Because loving one in no way means renouncing the truth for the other. On the contrary, to love means to understand and welcome.
That is why we need a committee of inquiry now. A commission that pulls the strings, that carries out its work with honesty and due sensitivity; that puts an end to the many speculations that tear apart the wounds never healed by the Orlandi, that stops the circus of misleads and profiteers". "His Holiness Pope Francis - he continues - said he wanted to clarify the disappearance of Emanuela, repeated the Secretary of State, His Eminence Pietro Parolin. The conditions exist to write an important page of history, which sees the Italian state and the Vatican finally collaborate together, in full implementation of the Concordat. I ask you, therefore, in the name of Maria Pezzano Orlandi; of Natalina, Pietro, Federica and Maria Cristina Orlandi, to vote on bills 622 and 501 establishing the Commission of Inquiry and to do so as soon as possible. Because the passing of time is the enemy of truth." "Parliament has the opportunity to give Maria Pezzano Orlandi the last hope to know what happened to her daughter. To a mother over ninety years old who has spent a good part of her life waiting. Who for a long time left the keys attached to the patch of the house, because if Emanuela had returned, she would have had to be able to return to the house. In his room, where everything has remained as it was forty years ago. Emanuela has a mother, a brother, three sisters, ten nephews and a great-grandson waiting for her. It is up to you to give them the gift of hope to know what happened to them."