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G8 Diaz, Sting the police
85 years of convictions
18 maggio 2010 May 18, 2010
The Court of Appeal of Genoa overturned a first instance decision on the bloody police raid at the Diaz school in Genoa during the G8 summit in 2001, and has also condemned the leaders of the State Police, inflicting approximately 85 years in prison. Of the 28 defendants, only two were acquitted (the requirement for criminal offenses).
The head of the anti-crime unit, Francesco Gratteri, was sentenced to four years, the former commander of the first mobile unit of Rome, Vincenzo Canterini, to five years, the former Deputy Director of UCIGOS [Ufficio centrale per le investigazioni generali e per le operazioni speciali] Giovanni Luperi (now the Agency for Information and Internal Security) to four years, the former head of DIGOS [Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali] of Genoa Spartaco Mortola (now assistant chief vicar in Turin) and three years and eight months, the former deputy head of the SCO Gilberto Caldarozzi to three years and eight months. Two other police officers, Pietro Troiani and Michael Burgio, accused of having brought the molotov cocktails into the school, were sentenced to three years and nine months. Were not reported prescribed false ideological and some episodes of serious injury. Are declared prescribed offenses minor injuries, defamation and illegal arrests. For the 13 policemen that were convicted in the first instance, penalties have been increased.
The attorney general, Pio Macchiavello, asked for more than 110 years in prison for the 27 defendants. In the first instance, 13 defendants were sentenced and 16 were acquitted, all of them high in the chain of command. In the first instance, prosecutors Enrico Zucca and Francesco Cardona Albini had asked for 29 convictions and a total of 109 years and nine months in prison. Acquitted during the first instance were Francesco Gratteri, former director of the SCO and now head of counterterrorism, for which first instance requested a sentence of 4 years and 10 months; Giovanni Luperi, former deputy director of UCIGOS, now the Agency for Information and Internal Security (applied 4 years and 10 months); Gilberto Caldarozzi, former deputy head of the SCO and current head (4 years and six months) and Spartaco Mortola, the former head of the DIGOS of Genoa and now vicar quaestor in Turin (4 years and requested six months).
The bloody police raid in the Diaz school in Genoa on the night of July 21, 2001, occurred on the day after the death of Carlo Giuliani, killed during the assault of a police van and while the streets of Genoa were devastated by the violence of the black block. The Diaz school was chosen by the city of Genoa as a hostel for anti-globalization protesters who had arrived from all over Europe. At the end of the incursion of the police department's Reparto Mobile of Rome, led by Vincenzo Canterini, over 60 young people were injured, some of them seriously. Police arrested 93 young people, all of which were later acquitted. On that occasion, two Molotov cocktails were seized that were found on the street and then - as the judges confirmed yesterday - were brought inside the school to justify the arrests. The images of wounded faces, beatings, blood in the devastated school rooms went around the globe with the words of British journalist Mark Covell, who suffered serious injuries. One of the accused police officers, Michelangelo Fournier, in the courtroom defined the scene that had occured in front of him a "Mexican slaughterhouse''. The investigation was entrusted to Enrico Zucca and Francesco Cardona Albini, two judges leading the prosecution of Genoa. Findings on the [nightly] assault, on injuries, on arbitrary arrests, and the Molotov cocktail incident were long and difficult, and prosecutors have denounced the uncooperative attitude of the police chiefs. The ruling of first instance acquitted the ''chain of command,'' the sixteen police officers. Thirteen were sentenced for a total of 35 years and seven months of imprisonment.
Summary of the judgments of first instance, November 13, 2008, and of the appellate court.
Francesco Gratteri, Giovanni Luperi, 4 years, at first instance acquitted from charges of slander, falsification and illegal arrest.
Massimo Nucera, Mauritius Panzieri, three years and eight months, at first instance acquitted from charges of slander and falsification.
Pietro Troiani, 3 years and 9 months in first grade three years for libel, falsification, violation of the Arms Act.
Michael Burgio, 3 years and 9 months in first grade two years and six months for defamation and breach of the Firearms Act.
THE WRONGFUL RAID
Salvatore Gava, 3 years and 8 months, at first instance acquitted of private violence, abuse of detainees, burglary, damage.
Louis Fazio, offense prescribed: first grades 1 month for private violence, abuse of detainees, trespassing, damaging.
Gilberto Caldarozzi, Filippo Ferri, Massimiliano Di Bernardini, Fabio Ciccimarra, Nando Dominici, Spartacus Mortola, Carlo Di Sarro, 3 years and 8 months. At first instance acquitted from charges of falsification, slander and illegal arrest.
Massimo Mazzoni, Renzo Wheels, Davide Di Novi, 3 years and 8 months. At first instance acquitted from charges of slander, falsification and illegal arrest.
Vincenzo Canterini, 5 years, first grade four years for libel, with the continuation, falsification, injuries.
Michelangelo Fournier, offense prescribed. First degree: 2 years for aggravated injuries in competition.
Fabrizio Basili, Ciro Tucci, Charles Lucaroni, Emiliano Zaccaria, Angelo Cenni, Fabrizio Ledoti, Peter Foreigners, Vincenzo Compagnone, 4 years. At first instance, three years for aggravated injury in competition.
In the first instance a total of 35 years and 7 months imprisonment had been inflicted, distributed to only 13 of the 29 defendants (the twenty-ninth was acquitted at the request of the prime minister).