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ShareNovember 14, 2019The judges of the first Assize Court of Rome called to decide on the trial bis for the death of Stefano Cucchi, who sees 5 carabinieri defendants with accusations ranging from unintentional murder to forgery and slander, have retired in the council chamber. The decision, in the Rebibbia bunker classroom, is expected around 6pm today. "These are moments of extreme tension because ten years have passed, it is clear by now that Stefano died of the consequences of a beating. I hope he can have justice and rest in peace," Ilaria Cucchi told the trial. The charges against the carabinieri Alessio Di Bernardo and Raffaele D'Alessandro have been reconstructed in the classroom. According to the prosecutor, Stefano Cucchi "died from the consequences of the beating immediately".
High voltage hours
"These are hours of strong tension. 10 very long years". This is what the Stefano Cucchi Association, a non-profit organization, writes on the facebook page. Today - it is recalled - the decision of the Assize Court is awaited in the trial of 5 carabinieri and the sentence of court of appeal against as many doctors. Stefano's sister, Ilaria, speaking with the many reporters present in the bunker room of Rebibbia, explained: "We arrive exhausted to this day".
The judicial process
Seven trials, three investigations, two pronouncements of the Cassation for a truth that will arrive today, ten years after the death of Stefano Cucchi, Roman surveyor who died in the hospital while, entrusted to the State, he was under custody. A human ordeal, that of Stephen, which lasted a week, to which was added the judiciary that Sister Ilaria and her family faced first in everyone's silence and then with institutional solidarity. Cucchi has become, more than the many victims "in the hands of the state" such as Giuseppe Uva and Federico Aldrovandi, a symbol of the battle for the human rights of prisoners and against any abuse of power over the latter.
October 15th 2009
Stefano Cucchi is stopped by the carabinieri at the Parco degli Acquedotti in Rome because he is in possession of some grams of drugs. He is taken to the security cells of a police station. The next day he appears at the hearing to validate the arrest with hematomas and difficulty walking. He speaks with difficulty: a recording released later testifies to the state of Cucchi at the hearing. The arrest is validated and Cucchi is taken to Regina Coeli.
On 22 October, after a week of detention, Stefano Cucchi died in the protected department of the Sandro Pertini hospital. The judicial battle of the family begins which a week later spreads some shocked photos of the corpse in the morgue showing hematomas and 2sospetti signs ". We arrive at 25 January 2011, when six doctors and three nurses of Sandro Pertini and three prison guards go to trial. On 5 June 2013, four Pertini doctors were sentenced, with nurses and prison guards acquitted.
On October 31st, 2014, all the doctors were acquitted on appeal, but in January 2015 the bis investigation was opened after the Court of Appeal transmitted the documents to the prosecutor's office for new investigations. In the same year, in September, the carabinieri entered the investigation for the first time: 5 were investigated. In December the Court of Cassation cancels the acquittal of Pertini's 5 doctors. They are again acquitted in 2016, but the Public Prosecutor appeals to the Court of Cassation for a new Appeal process.
The investigation bis
In January 2017, the Rome Public Prosecutor closes the investigation bis for which 5 carabinieri are now on trial. In July 2017, Alessio Di Bernardo, Raffaele D'Alessandro and Francesco Tedesco are indicted, accused of intentional homicide and abuse of authority. Tedesco is also accused of forgery and slander together with Marshal Roberto Mandolini, while the military Vincenzo Nicolardi answers only to the slander.
The story of the beating
On 11 October 2018 the prosecutor Giovanni Musarò reveals that the defendant Francesco Tedesco for the first time speaks of a beating suffered by Cucchi by his colleagues Di Berardo and D'Alessandro. The beating investigations had been reopened thanks to the words of another carabiniere, Riccardo Casamassima. During the process, alleged misleadings also emerge with the disappearance or alteration of service documents. General Alessandro Casarsa and 7 other carabinieri, including Lorenzo Sabatino, at the time commander of the Rome operations department, were put on trial as part of the investigation into misleading.
The new process
On October 3, 2019, the prosecutor asked for an 18-year sentence for the two carabinieri Alessio Di Bernardo and Raffaele D'Alessandro accused of the beating that was, for the first time, associated with the death of Cucchi. Today a double sentence is expected: that on the 5 carabinieri in trial for the beating and that of the second trial of Appello to the doctors that had in cure Cucchi. Prescribers are responsible for health.