The sixth hearing of the trial against the Lecce anarchists took place on
First of all the judge claimed that five people, who had shown T-shirts that
all together composed the words ‘FREEDOM NOW’ at the end of the previous
hearing, are banned from attending any future hearing of the trial.
Then the first witness, the chief of the Digos (political police) in Lecce,
was questioned by the public prosecutor. The latter, who wanted to
demonstrate at all costs that the defendants were dangerous to society,
tried to make the Digos chief say things that he was unable to articulate,
with the result that the officer offered a very poor performance, like a
student who hasn’t done his homework properly.
The Digos chief went on to claim that anarchy was initially a pacific
doctrine, which became subversive and dangerous after the introduction of
the concept of ‘affinity group’. The defendants at the trial, said the Digos
chief, were representative of the subversive aspect of anarchy, as proved by
24 booklets written by Alfredo Bonanno that had been found in the houses of
the arrested anarchists. Alfredo Bonanno, an anarchist comrade who was once
identified as the ‘leader’ of a non-existent organisation, is, the chief of
the Digos stressed to underline, a pluri-graduated philosopher ....also
graduated in philosophy !
When asked by the judge if those 24 booklets were copies of the same text or
24 different texts, the chief Digos was unable to answer.
For his part, the public prosecutor revised the illustrative case of the
Marini trial, claiming that the latter had unveiled and dismantled a
dangerous subversive organisation. It must be pointed out, as the defensive
will certainly do at the next hearing, that the Marini trial, in spite of
Marini’s intention, did not prove the existence of any organisation because
the aforesaid organisation was a pure invention of the prosecution.
Finally, the jury accepted the appeal of the defence concerning Annalisa,
who had once again been put under house arrest. Annalisa was therefore
released on bail again, but uniquely for reasons concerning her health and
extraneous to the trial. On the contrary, the jury refused the request for
Cristian to get permission to work and for Marina to get permission to
attend university classes (Marina and Cristian are under house arrest).
As for Salvatore and Saverio, they are supposed to have been moved to the
prisons in Sulmona and Voghera respectively after the trial.
The next hearing will be held on June 16.