French island of Corsica is famous for its spas, but by the number of murders per capita this corner of the Mediterranean is the first in Europe.
People are being killed with surprising regularity in broad daylight, and the authorities are powerless.
In October last year on his way to work was killed by the most famous lawyer on the island, Antoine Sollakaro. Two armed men followed his car and a motorcycle overtook him in the avtozapravke.Ubiyts was never found, and the chances of their detention are minimal. Since 2007, the island was 105 kills. Less than 10% of the cases were found guilty and sentenced.
Daughter of Antoine Sollakaro Anna Maria believes that the weakness of the authorities has led to a climate of impunity in the island.
- Anna Maria Sollakaro
"It takes a considerable presence of mind to kill a man at nine o'clock in the morning at a gas station for cameras — she says. — This is a very risky thing, and could not help think, does not render them who to help."
From separatism to banditry
Anna Maria Sollakaro fears that the murder of her father will be put on the shelf
Over the past ten years, the island perished at the hands of the murderers of 20-25 people a year.
In Corsica lives of 300,000 people, and if we exclude domestic murders, this is a very high statistics.
This is not a new phenomenon. Back in the 70s Corsica has gained notoriety due to the actions of local separatists who shied away from terror.
A leading separatist group, the National Liberation Front of Corsica, have repeatedly launched attacks on hotels and resorts. Then, in the early 90s, this group was split, many of its members were imprisoned or joined the local parties.
Quiet period contributed to the construction boom on the island. Many wealthy French began buying land. Last year it was built 6,000 homes. Unfortunately, this boom was actively involved and the local mafia.
Dominique Bukkini, a former mayor and current chairman of the Corsican parliament, said that the rise in land prices has played into the hands of organized crime.
"Very few of the Corsicans could afford to buy the house. And criminals took advantage of this to launder their proceeds from capital doubtful," — he said.
According to him, the local politicians are not able to stop these speculators.
"Local officials who claim the application for construction are in the firing line, because at any moment you can get an anonymous letter, or you can blow up a car or home, or just shoot him" — says Bukkini.
- At the scene of the murder of Antoine Sollakaro
October 2012. At the scene of the murder of Antoine Sollakaro
When he was mayor, Bukkini continuously received threats because he refused to approve the application developers who want to buy land for new homes.
Killings occur not only on the coast. In the interior of the island there are villages and small towns, where there is still settling old scores and maintained old vendetta between criminal clans.
The village of Ponte Lechya with a population of one thousand inhabitants is particularly grim reputation. There was assassinated a former mafioso Maurice Costa, who was gunned down in his own butcher shop.
Inaction by central authorities
The representative of the central government in Ajaccio Patrick Stroda believes that for too long the power would only deal with the problem of separatism, not paying much attention to organized crime.
However, the death of Antoine Sollakaro changed this attitude of the authorities, as he was widely known on the island as a fighter for justice.
He was called "the lion trials" — he was not afraid to openly express their opinions.
- The village of Ponte Lechya
And now his daughter Anna Maria accuses police of mainland France, which are considered the most serious cases of political killings in the fact that they do not dare to arrest the suspect on the island.
Sitting in the office of his late father, she talks about her fears that this case, like many others, may be buried in the archives.
In the corner of the room on a hanger is still hanging black judicial robes Sollakaro. Next — a drawing, which shows the performance of a lawyer in court.
"I know I'm not alone here so I think — she says. — When killing someone you love dies, he is not only physically, he is killed in a legal sense, too."