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Vincenzo Scotti (born September 16, 1933 in Naplesmarker) is an Italianmarker politician and member of Christian Democracy (DC). Together with Arnaldo Forlani and Antonio Gava, he was one of the leader of DC's current called "Dorotea". He was Minister of the Interior and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Biography

Born in Naplesmarker, in 1955 he graduated in economics at the Università di Roma La Sapienzamarker.

In his early career he was responsible for Centre for Research of the Workers union CISL. In 1968 Scotti was elected as Deputy for the Christian Democracy in the Italian Parliament. Later he was Minister for Cultural Assets and Activities (1981-82), member of the Finance Commission to the House of Deputies, Undersecretary of State to the Ministry of Budget, Labour Minister, Minister for Coordination of European Community Policies, Minister of Art & Cultural Heritage and the Environment, Minister of Civil Protections, President of the Parliamentary Group for the Christian Democrats to the House of Deputies (the largest group of the Italian parliament with 230 deputies)

Despite Scotti's alleged contact with the Camorra, the Neapolitan mafia (see Legal issues section), during his mandate as Minister of Interior (1990-1992) laws which permitted the police authorities and the magistrates to act against the Mafia organisation were promulgated. In collaboration with judge Giovanni Falcone and US attorney Rudy Giuliani, he founded the DIA (Direzione Investigativa Antimafia), a specialised anti-mafia police force.

As Ministry of Foreign Affair, he participated in the G7 meeting in Munich which focused on the Yugoslavian crisis and represented the Prime Minister in the meetings of the Heads of Governments of the CSCE, during which the embargo of Yugoslavia and as president of the UEO was responsible for the organisation of the patrolling of international waters by Italian armed forces.

From 1969 to 1995 he taught, as professor in Development Economics, at the LUISSmarker, a private university in Rome, Italymarker.

Currently, he is President of Link Campus University, the Italian branch of the University of Malta.

Legal issues

Scotti was one of the most important DC's figures in Campania. In the 1980s, together with many other members of the party, he was involved in the financial scandal which followed the reconstruction after the 1980 Irpinia earthquakemarker, but was later acquitted due of statute of limitation. Together with that of Antonio Gava, his name was also made in the obscure kidnapping and liberation of DC member Ciro Cirillo by the Italian Red Brigades terrorist group. Scotti allegedly met Camorra boss Raffaele Cutolo in the prison at Ascoli Picenomarker in order to arrange to pay the ransom with Camorra money.

Scotti was accused of corruption in other scandals regarding garbage management and the works for 1990 Football World Cup, but was acquitted. A sentence from Italy's Court of Accounts condemned him to pay 2,995,450 Euros for having the Italian state buy a building in Rome at a swollen price, in order to create cash for SISDE, Italy's secret service.

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