Italian Italian anti-mafia who has spent 30 years in witness protection may lose her seat because she used her real name in the vote – because she officially does not exist
- Piera Aiello was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies last year
- Aiello lived for 27 years at a secret location in Italy under a supposed name
- Her testimony led to dozens of mafia arrests after she testified in the 1990s
An anti-Mafia MP who had spent years in witness protection could lose her seat in the Italian parliament after she had used her real name on a ballot.
Piera Aiello, the first anti-mafia witness to be elected to the Chamber of Deputies, used her birth name in the recent elections, despite having previously provided evidence against the crime syndicate.
Aiello lived for 27 years in a secret location under a supposed name as part of a witness protection program.
Piera Aiello witnessed protection for 27 years after testifying against the Mafia in the 1990s
The testimony of the 52-year-old politician against the Mafia led to dozens of arrests.
Aiello was born in Sicily and had to marry the son of a local crime boss at the age of 18.
Her father-in-law and husband were brutally murdered in blood feud, the latter being murdered for her in their parental home in 1991.
After her husband's death, she worked with the local authorities, a decision that forced her to hide.
But when she was elected to parliament last March with the five-star movement against the established order, Aiello revealed her identity.
However, in order to participate in the elections, Aiello had to submit election and residence declarations proving her real name.
Aiello became the first anti-mafia witness to be elected to the Chamber of Deputies last March
According to Italian law, the birth name she used no longer exists, and therefore her status as a Member of Parliament has been called into question.
Aiello told Euronews: & # 39; The complainant claims that the identity my father gave me is dead. & # 39;
& # 39; I have respect and trust in the judiciary. At the moment I have a decree that says that I have returned to Piera Aiello, signed by the Ministers of Justice and Grace and the interior. & # 39;
& # 39; If I had died, how could I have risen again? & # 39;
Aiello denies that her name no longer exists at Partanna's registration office and claims that in recent years she has both names & # 39; effortlessly & # 39; has retained
Aiello (pictured at the time of her move to witness protection) adopted her birth name to contest last year's election
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