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“There are unclear shadows behind my sentence. A very important magistrate, a thoroughbred politician, have tried from the beginning to cloud my image, my commitment to immigrants, the weakest “. Thus ′ the former mayor of Riace Mimmo Lucano in an interview with Corriere della Sera comments on the sentence of 13 years and 2 months in the ‘Xenia’ trial. “I was expecting a full acquittal. I have never been intimidated by anyone. For now they have won, but we are only in the first degree. There will be an appeal ”he underlines.
“Right from the start my popularity, never sought after, bothered them. They wanted (and they want) to talk only about them, their activities, their books, their inquiries. I didn’t have the notoriety because I was looking for it. My commitment, my way of helping others, were the arguments that made me popular – he adds – They bothered that the media, politics, were interested in what I was doing. Pure envy. It probably also became anger when Fortune magazine awarded me that recognition and, above all, when Rai wanted to make the fiction about Riace with Beppe Fiorello as protagonist. There something took place that is at the root of my judicial misfortunes ”.
“I’m just saying that the judge of the preliminary investigations had branded this investigation as an” uncritical acceptance of the evidence “, not” integrating any of the criminal offenses contested in some indictments “. The Supreme Court sent the documents back to the Court of Freedom, canceling my exile. Yet, today I suffer this unprecedented sentence – continues Lucano – In fact it was an unprecedented sentence. I am angry and disappointed at a verdict that I consider unfair in every respect. What angers me most, though, is that my morality has been attacked. I am a mirrored and honest man, I don’t even have the money to pay my lawyers – he concludes – I would do it all again. Also the attempt to extend political asylum for the young immigrant Becky Moses, who was forcibly transferred from Riace and burned to death in the Rosarno tent city a few months later. One of the crimes they challenged me was precisely this, having tried to detain the young woman in Riace ”.