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Lucano is no longer mayor, but he still can’t return to Riace

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Reportage. At a pre-trial hearing, facing charges of helping refugees in the small town he governed, Mimmo Lucano learned that he is still not allowed to return home. Protesters from unions and NGOs appeared to support him.

written by Silvio Messinetti

Topic Italy

LOCRI, Italy

June 15, 2019

Mimmo Lucano got the bad news the evening before the first hearing in his trial. The court that will judge him on the accusations of abuse of the powers of his office and favoring illegal immigration rejected Thursday the application his lawyers filed following the municipal elections in Riace, in which they asked that he be allowed to return to his town.

The request had been perfectly justified, both legally and logically. Since he is no longer mayor (and not even on the municipal council), and considering that there are no more migrants in the municipality of Riace, the prudential considerations which motivated his exile (such as the danger of a new offense or evidence tampering) should no longer apply.

However, in spite of these obvious facts, the Court of Locri sided with the prosecutor and........

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