Name: Antonio Di Pietro
Local: Montenero di Bisaccia, Italy
Occupation: Former Public Prosecutor and politician
Fields of Expertise: Law; Administrative Law; International Relations
Antonio Di Pietro is an Italian magistrate and politician, best known for the case Mani Pulite – Clean Hands – a nationwide judicial investigation into political corruption in Italy that led to the disappearance of many political parties and went up to the top of the Italian political elites.
In 1996, Di Pietro went into politics, something he had previously ruled out on the grounds that he did not want to exploit the popularity gained doing what he perceived to be just his duty. He became the Minister of Public Works and the Minister of Infrastructures in the Prodi’s Governments of 1996 and 2006, respectively. In the year 2000, he founded the party ‘Italy of Values’ – of which he was president until 2014, becoming an independent afterwards.
Antonio Di Pietro also had a brief life experience as a migrant in Germany, where he worked as a metal worker in an assembly line, before returning to Italy to study Law.