Italy: Student suspected of murdering ex-girlfriend arrested in Germany

Kidnapped on 11 November near her home in the province of Venice, then murdered, Giulia Cecchettin, 22, was found on Saturday 19 November at the bottom of a ravine near a lake in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Her ex-boyfriend, Filippo Turetta, was arrested on Saturday night on an international warrant near Leipzig, Germany.

An officer of the Italian forensic police (illustrative image). AFP - TIZIANA FABI

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A 22-year-old Italian student on the run has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of kidnapping and killing his ex-girlfriend, following a manhunt that made headlines on the peninsula, German and Italian authorities said on Sunday.

Filippo Turetta, from Padua in northern Italy, was stopped by police near Leipzig, Germany, on Saturday night as he parked with his lights off on the hard shoulder of a motorway and ran out of fuel. The suspect "will be back in Italy within 48 hours to answer for his actions," Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said.

On Saturday, Giulia Cecchettin's body was found in a ravine near Lake Barcis, about 12 kilometres north of Venice, with stab wounds to her head and neck. His death is believed to have occurred on Sunday, November <>. CCTV cameras recorded the stabbing in the parking lot of an industrial area in the Veneto region.

103rd femicide of the year in Italy

This 103rd femicide of the year 2023 in Italy is causing shockwaves. Until Giulia's body was discovered, the murderer's father said Filippo was "a model son, a little possessive, but incapable of carrying out a premeditated act," reports our correspondent in Rome Anne Le Nir.

However, the knife with which he slashed Giulia's body, according to the autopsy, would be an element in favor of a premeditated act. According to the testimonies of the victim's relatives, the student, who was arrested in Germany, did not accept the end of the romantic relationship.

A recurring motif of femicide. But this time, the population is truly appalled. This is evidenced by the countless flowers and notes left in front of the family home in Vigonovo, near Venice. The shock was all the more pronounced as 22-year-old Giulia's life was shattered when she was supposed to celebrate her engineering degree.

After Democratic Party leader Elly Schlein's call for "a union of political forces" to put an end to "the massacres of women that are born of a culture of male domination," the Meloni government, which deplores a "heartbreaking drama," promised to intervene. Preventive measures in schools, "against violence and macho culture", will be presented to Parliament shortly.


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