Heavy sentences in Lecce for the



Mohammed Abdullah

, the 47-year-old Sudanese laborer who died of illness in the early afternoon of 20 July 2015 in the countryside between Nardò and Avetrana, in Salento,

while picking tomatoes on a day of scorching heat

, with the temperature close to 40 degrees.

The judges of the Court of Assizes (President Pietro Baffa) each sentenced

Giuseppe Mariano, 82, an agricultural entrepreneur from Porto Cesareo (Lecce), and Mohamed Elsalih, 42, originally from Sudan, to

14 years and six months in prison

. a mediator for the arrivals of seasonal laborers in Salento to be employed in the harvest in the fields.

The two were found guilty of

enslavement and manslaughter


Both were barred from holding public office.