Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Beaten British G8 journalist gets 350,000 euros from Italy

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 3 - An English freelance journalist
brutally beaten by Italian police during the Group of Eight
summit in Genoa in 2001 was on Wednesday awarded 350,000 euros
in compensation from the Italian government.
"After 11 years of fighting, I'm signing for a full
compensation," said Mark Covell following the settlement with
the interior ministry.
Covell was unconscious for 14 hours after police in riot
gear raided the Diaz school, used by anti-globalist protesters
as sleeping quarters.
The bludgeoning left him with a vein twisted around his
spine, a perforated lung, broken fingers, ten smashed teeth and
eight broken ribs.
"It cost me the best years of my life and my career," he
said Wednesday. "I will rest for a few months knowing that
beyond all doubt we have shown who the real culprits were at
Diaz".
Two other people were left comatose and 26 were
hospitalized the same night.
In an explanation of a July ruling that upheld the
convictions of several high-ranking officers, Italy's top
appeals court said that violent actions by some police and
unprovoked mass arrests of anti-globalization
demonstrators discredited Italy in the eyes of the world.
The court slammed police for fabricating justifications for
their actions, such as falsely claiming that protesters had
stabbed an officer and were about to use Molotov cocktails,
which were in fact planted by the police.
Senior police made false accusations and committed slander
against the accused, and overall failed in their duties during
the three-day summit in Genoa, the court said in upholding and
even increasing prison sentences against senior officers.
Amid the violence that marred the three-day event, a police
officer killed a 23-year-old protester as he was about to hurl a
fire extinguisher into his vehicle.
In its July final ruling, the court said that former
national police chief Gianni De Gennaro, the only senior officer
to be acquitted at the end of the appeals process, had demanded
arrests "to redeem the image of the police from charges of
inertia" against militant rampages that devastated the
northwestern port city.
But jail sentences were suspended for many top officers who
have yet to be sanctioned by the interior ministry, and
sentences for the riot police eventually timed out.
"There's a film that shows my torturers, but no policeman,
none of their colleagues, has identified them," said the British
journalist, who is seeking further investigations to find the
men who nearly killed him.
"It's been 10 years. Somebody has to go. There needs to be
an example".

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