Jose Mourinho unwitting player in Cesare Pagano’s mafia murder trial

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 April, 2014, 9:00pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 April, 2014, 9:55pm

An Italian mafia gangster is basing his appeal against a conviction for murdering a fellow mobster on photographs that show his associate was with Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho at the time.

Cesare Pagano was convicted to life in prison for shooting dead Carmine Amoruso, 43, in 2006 in a bingo hall in Mugnano near Naples.

But according to his lawyer, the supergrasses who told investigators he had boasted about the murder at the time with friend Rito Calzone were lying - because Calzone was in Barcelona, with then Chelsea coach Mourinho.

Pagano won the right to appeal his 2012 conviction based on plane tickets, hotel receipts and photographs showing Calzone posing with Mourinho and Chelsea players in the lobby of a hotel, a source in lawyer Luigi Senese's office said.

Calzone's presence in the hotel at the same time as Mourinho and the Chelsea team was just a coincidence, she said.

In one photograph, Calzone is standing next to Mourinho, who is looking off to the side and giving a distracted thumbs up to the camera. In others, he stands in what looks like a hotel hallway with several players.

"According to the informers, Calzone was present following the murder in Naples and he and Pagano boasted that 'a just thing has been done'," the source said.

Though the man who gunned down Amoruso in the bingo hall in front of 300 people had his face covered, the testimony sealed the guilty verdict against Pagano.

"But the photographs prove Calzone could not have been there, therefore the informers are lying," she added.

The receptionist who booked Calzone into the hotel has given testimony at the appeal, which is expected to reach a verdict soon.


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