Italy – News from the court of Turin

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Several trials were held against comrades today Febbraio 9, 2016 in Turin. Let’s start with the trial
against Lucio Alberti, Francesco Sala and Graziano Mazzarelli, which we have had
occasion to talk about many times in recent months.

As a solidarity demo was taking place outside the court, the hearing began with
the judges’ refusal to meet the three comrades’ demand to have the doors opened to
the public, as they were concerned about wasting precious time given many appeal trials scheduled for the morning. In fact proceedings were really fast: after the prosecutors demanded that the first grade sentences be reconfirmed and the defence lawyers that sentences be reduced for Lucio and Francesco and annulled for Graziano, the judges withdrew for half an hour then returned to the courtroom to read the sentences. Lucio and Francesco were sentenced to 2 years and 2 months, whereas the first grade sentence of 2 years and 10 months against Graziano was reconfirmed. We’ll have to wait the canonical 90 days judges have at their disposal to produce the official reasons for the different treatment. Given that the sentences were reduced by a third owing to the abbreviated procedure trial chosen by the defendants, Lucio and Francesco were formally sentenced to 3 years and 3 months, Graziano to more than 4 years.
In a nearby courtroom there was also one of the final hearings of the trial
against Erika, Paolo, Toshi, Luigi and Marco for having opposed a police raid
against migrants in February last year. We’ve also talked about this
investigation, when the five comrades were jailed and later put under house
arrest. After the witnesses’ statements the judges set a hearing for 17th
February for prosecutors’ and defence lawyers’ speeches and probably the
sentence.
From:macerie
Translated by act for freedom now !

Italy – News from the court of Turin