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Italy Politicians Accused Of Making Mafia Deals

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Reputed Mafia "boss of bosses" Salvatore "Toto" Riina, seen behind bars, during a trial in Rome April 29, 1993. (AP Photo/Giulio Broglio) | AP

ROME (AP) — Italian news reports say prosecutors in Sicily are seeking to put a handful of ex-ministers, lawmakers and law enforcement officials on trial for allegedly making deals with the Mafia during a bloody spasm of attacks against the state in the early 1990s.

The ANSA news agency and Repubblica newspaper said prosecutors signed a request Tuesday for a judge to indict 12 people, including jailed Mafia bosses Salvatore "Toto" Riina and Bernardo Provenzano.

Riina headed the Cosa Nostra during the era of its all-out attack on the state, which culminated with back-to-back car bombings in 1992 that killed two leading anti-Mafia prosecutors.

Citing the indictment request, Repubblica said some of the accused ex-government officials negotiated with the mob or exerted pressure to lighten their prison sentences. They have denied wrongdoing.

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