Italy: Court in Rome convicts four perpetrators of 2011 pogrom on Romani camp in Turin
The ANSA wire service reported last week that a court in Rome, Italy found four people guilty of ethnic and racial hatred when they set fire to a Romani camp in the Vallette suburb of Turin in 2011. The appeals court in Turnin had upheld the first-instance conviction but reduced the sentences to between two and four years in prison, court sources told the wire service.
Reportedly after the verdict was read out, somebody observing the proceedings from outside the courtroom shouted "This is a joke!" The arson was committed after an adolescent girl accused two Romani men of rape, allegations that reportedly turned out to be false.
Several hundred enraged people took to the streets to protest the alleged crime. A group of about 50 armed with Molotov cocktails, rocks and sticks separated from the demonstration, headed to the Romani encampment, and set fire to their caravans, shelters and tents.
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