Five Carabinieri who were involved in Stefano Cucchi’s arrest are being tried in a Rome courtroom in what has become known as the Cucchi-bis trial. In the first trial only the doctors at the hospital where Cucchi died were charged.
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Three of the defendants have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, while the other two were charged with slander and making false statements, obscuring the truth, misleading the investigations and altering reference to Cucchi's physical condition the night he was beaten after being arrested.
Minister was deliberately misled to cover up the truth
Taking a leap back in time it is important to emphasise that for a few days there was no news about Cucchi’s death. At 3 pm on 26 October 2009, however, four days after the tragic event, the ANSA agency published the news. Patrizio Gonnella, the president of the association "Antigone" and Luigi Manconi, president of the association "A buon diritto", declared that when arrested Cucchi was in good physical condition, while the day after the initial hearing he was unstable and showed signs of having being beaten. According to the public prosecutor, Giovanni Musarò, the news issued by Antigone triggered the turmoil in the Carabinieri unit and led to individuals trying to manipulate reports and falsifying internal registers.
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Case shows how Italian criminal justice system is fundamentally broken
The trial hearing of 27 February shed new light on the violence in the Cucchi case, which shows how rotten part of the Italian criminal justice system is.
In light of these shameful facts it is natural to ask "If Antigone had not issued the press release, would we have ever known the truth about Cucchi's death?" This is a question that is not easy to answer. However, our hope is that this case will end by bringing all the facts to light, because, as the Procurator said "It is no longer a question of finding different responsibilities in case of a boy's death, but at this point the credibility of the whole system is at stake”.