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Panama case verdict invokes famed quote of Godfather

The Supreme Court’s verdict on the Panama case might have left many puzzled after the ruling and opposition parties held celebrations by separately perceiving the court ruling as triumph but the 540-page-long judgment on corruption allegations against the Sharif family began in an interesting way with a reference to Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel, The Godfather. 

‘The Godfather’, a crime novel written by Italian American Mario Puzo recounting the tale of a mafia family and the epigraph picked by the author was fascinating which still on many occasions recalled.

“Behind every great fortune there is a crime – Balzac”

Despite leaving many with mixed feelings, the beginning of the judgment appealed to many which went on to explain how the epigraph was inspired by a sentence authored by Honore de Balzac. The original quote:  “The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out because it was properly executed.”

The court then observed how it was ‘ironical’ and a sheer coincidence that the present case revolves around the very sentence attributed to Balzac.

How it appealed the masses, intellectuals, politicians, and others, here are some of its reflections on twitter.



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