(ANSA) – REGGIO CALABRIA, MAY 24 – The second instance trial of 64-year-old Mimmo Lucano, former mayor of Riace, sentenced in first instance by the Court of Locri, begins tomorrow in Reggio Calabria, in the Court of Appeal last September at 13 years and 2 months in prison for alleged wrongdoing in the management of migrants when he was mayor of the center of Locride. The sentence imposed in the first instance on Lucano was almost double compared to the request of the public prosecutor, according to which the former mayor was given 7 years and 11 months. In Lucano, who in 2018, in the context of the investigation conducted by the Finance Police that led him to the trial, spent a period under house arrest, the crimes of criminal association, fraud, embezzlement, forgery and abuses of office.
“I always hope for justice,” Lucano told ANSA ahead of the appeal process. The second section of the Reggio Court of Appeal before which the trial will take place will be chaired by Giancarlo Bianchi, former Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic in Catanzaro. Together with Lucano in the first instance, the Court of Locri, chaired by Fulvio Accurso, sentenced another 17 people to sentences ranging between 9 years and 10 months and 4 months of imprisonment. Lucano, in the appeal process, will be defended, as in the first instance, by the lawyers Andrea Daqua and Giuliano Pisapia, who in the appeal filed against the sentence spoke of “forced, if not surreal, reading of the facts”.
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