Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Genoa G8 police chief sentenced for perjury


Genoa, December 10 - A court in Genoa on Monday
sentenced the city's former police chief to two years and eight
months in prison for perjury and trying to cover up police
brutality during the Group of Eight summit in 2001.
Francesco Colucci, who will appeal, was found guilty of
giving false testimony to protect former national police chief
Gianni De Gennaro.
According to Italy's top appeals court this summer, De
Gennaro demanded aggressive action "to redeem the image of the
police from charges of inertia" against militant rampages that
devastated the northwestern port city.
De Gennaro was the only senior officer to be acquitted at
the end of the appeals process in July, when the court upheld
the convictions of several high-ranking officers.
In an explanation of that ruling, the 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 officers 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.
On Monday, prosecutor Emanuele Tambuscio called the guilty
verdict of the former Genoa police chief "very significant,
because it shows senior police officers were actively
contaminating evidence".

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