Written by Gabriela Passariello- From the hands of the Scalises in the public procurement of Catanzarese and Cosentino, to the power of extortion, to the murder of Pagliuso. All statements made by the witness Antonio ScalesHis wife, 45, from Catanzaro, known as “Scarabi” confirmed Mirella Satin Last July 25, the two judges, Chiara Bonfadini and Vincenzo Capumola, summoned her to give brief information, while investigating some aspects. Bonds filed by the anti-mafia prosecutor in the ongoing Reventinum trial at the Lamezia Court. She points out the good relations with her husband’s family when she married even if during family lunches and dinners she overheard conversations between her father-in-law Pino Scales and her sister-in-law Luciano about some thefts to be done. A few years after joining the family, he began listening to his father-in-law and his two brothers, Daniele and Luciano, discuss how to get various businesses in progress in the area.
“They wanted to be included in the construction sites at any cost.”
Their intentions were to join any construction site of great importance in the province of Diculatura, Lamezia, in other parts of the Catanzaro region and in the Cosentino region: regardless of whether the construction site was started by other companies, the aim was to “get into business at any cost”. I remember that during these conversations my father-in-law and my brothers emphasized the need to establish themselves in the earthmoving business with their own company, all in fact traceable and managed by Pino Scalise, in order to gain profits and respect in the territory.” To illustrate the letter, he mentions the construction site for the construction of the road in the center of Savuto, explaining that the news about possible construction sites that could be entered were learned directly from walking around the area or that they learned about them from people who frequented his father-in-law’s house and informed him of possible jobs. He told the DDA judges that he knew Salvatore Minguia for his relations with Luciano Scales, with whom they were friends and with Pino Scales, with whom he stopped for lunch and dinner. The relations between Mingoia and Scalises would continue until shortly before the arrest of the latter in 2019. The woman speaks of extortion to emphasize the intervention of the Scalise family in the most important construction sites in the region: “Because from the speeches heard it was clear how they had to impose themselves On construction sites at any cost to obtain work, not through agreements with the respective companies, but using methods of a tax nature. The earnings from these jobs were managed by Pino Scales within the family, while her husband, Antonio, already sent to work on construction sites, was often unpaid for days’ work.
Scales tried to kill her son.
She recalls an incident in April 2010, when her husband went to his parents to ask for money owed for the work done and “his father not only repaid him, but tried to kill him by chasing him” with a wooden stick, forcing him to escape on foot and stretching to be accompanied along the way by Luciano Facts that the woman claims she learned from her husband. He points out how Antonio Scales has always been exploited over the years by members of his family who used him in earthmoving work without paying him on time and not in full, and how he tried to work in other companies, which However, she needed the discretion he hired from Pino Scales, Luciano and Daniele when he was in charge of the business. In times when the husband was working in other businesses, it happened at the behest of his father-in-law and in-laws. “I remember that for the construction site of the methane pipeline in Diamante my husband received direct wages for the company he was working for, but for the construction site in San Pietro Apostolo the company paid the money to my father-in-law and my brothers-in-law who then had to give my husband his share “.
Personally, I felt they wanted to kill Paglioso.
He also mentions a name often mentioned by the Scales, that of the lawyer Paglioso, who was accused several times by his mother-in-law and brother-in-law Luciano of “defending people he should not have defended”, referring to the Mezzatestas in connection with the double murder that took place in the Decollatura advertisement strip where he was murdered Giovanni Vescio and Francesco Iannazzo, adding that even before Daniele’s death, his father-in-law and Daniele himself considered it necessary to avenge them as friends of the family as well as to take part in work activities on construction sites. The woman claims to have personally heard that she was angry with Pagliuso for defending the Mezzatesta and that her father-in-law and brother-in-law Luciano stressed the need to kill him. The conversation is interrupted by omissis and the discussion resumes on another topic, on the fact that the woman is made aware of the availability of weapons by her father-in-law Pino Scales and her two brothers Daniele and Luciano, a circumstance she learned from her husband. She recounts seeing Marco Gallo on only two occasions, in the company of her husband’s relatives. The first time it happened at Luciano’s house with those he had arrived with at lunch, “but in that circumstance I did not ask who he was.” The second time he was at his father-in-law’s house, Marco Gallo arrived with Luciano, and locked himself with him and Pino in the kitchen of the house to talk. “My father-in-law told me the name of Marco Gallo, and I asked him who this person was. These two episodes took place after Daniele’s death, but before the murder of the lawyer Paglioso and Mezzatista.”
“My husband never spoke before, fearing for his life.”
She corroborates what her husband told the judges: Pino and Luciano Scalise worried about the possible repercussions after Marco Gallo’s arrest, “they wonder how they could have avoided the consequences. Of the two, Luciano was more concerned. For all these events involving my husband’s family, we, as a family unit, also paid And we bear the consequences, which is why I repeated to my husband over and over again that I wanted to get away from this situation.” The woman was keen to explain to the judges that she had been urging her husband for some time to report his family’s illegal activities to the judicial authorities. “My husband never made up his mind before today, fearing the consequences he might suffer from his father and brother, fearing for his safety in the event of their release from prison.”
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