During the hearing held on September 28, six witnesses for the prosecution made their deposition. The first was Maria Luisa Lodeserto, the ex-director of Regina Pacis’ sister, who referred to the fire attack carried out against her home in Lecce on August 19 2005. Then two police officers exposed the usual police reports concerning the two-year investigation on the Lecce anarchists. Mr Mondelli‘s deposition followed. He is the expert who ‘studied’ various written slogans and claims of attacks and confronted them with written diaries seized in the houses of anarchists. In his report Mr Mondelli had pointed out that it was impossible to establish any certain connection between the written slogans and the anarchists’ diaries because he had never seen the original versions of the slogans but only photocopies. During his deposition, however, he tried to maintain that his final examination was sufficient to prove that the anarchists were the authors of the slogans and the claims under investigation. In fact, he seemed to back up the public prosecutors’ thesis and made his best not to answer appropriately to the defence’s counter-examination. Not by chance, this expert used to work as a police officer.
Finally Cesare Lodeserto, accompanied by two bodyguards, made a three-hour deposition. During his delirium, this arrogant priest, torturer of immigrants, said a series of lies and nonsense, which can be summarised as follows :
The revolts inside the camp Regina Pacis and the many attempts of escape were stirred up by the anarchists demonstrating outside. The priest contradicted himself by maintaining that in the last period episodes of self-wounding, revolts and attempts of escape were everyday events (whereas the anarchists’ protests outside the camp were not).
The main reason of the protests against the director of the camp was the charge of embezzlement against the latter ( !). He claimed therefore that the anarchists had no reason to protest against him as he was then cleared of the accusation. It is true that the court had cleared him of that accusation, thanks to all his important protectors, but it is also true that he was sentenced for private violence and kidnapping against the immigrants imprisoned in the camp (whom Lodeserto called ‘guests’ during his deposition !). Shame that he was freed after a few days of house arrest.
The reason of the struggle against the CPTs only derives from the Bossi-Fini law on immigration.
As many ‘guests’ of the detention centre had spent a period in the Italian prisons before arriving in the camp waiting for the deportation, it is obvious that these ‘criminals’ were the leaders of the revolts that continually broke out in Regina Pacis (and that were stirred up by the anarchists, of course).
The priest was then questioned about a series of specific episodes concerning revolts inside the camp. In particular, during an attempt of mass escape that occurred on August 10 2004, Vali, a 29 years old immigrant from Moldovia, fell down the wall surrounding the camp and remained paralysed. The defence pointed out how Vali was punched and kicked by the cops on guard in the camp after he fell down. On the contrary, the priest claimed that he and his collaborators tried to help Vali. This is one of the biggest lies the priest told in his deposition : not only Vali was beaten after he fell down, but he was also totally abandoned by Lodeserto and his gang. It was thanks to the solidarity of the local anarchists that Vali was moved in a special clinic in Bologna, where he is still being treated.
Finally the priest exposed a series of attacks against him, including the one when a Lecce comrade spitted at him (June 2006). The comrade was then accused of insulting religion and must face trial on November 9.
The next hearing will be held on November 23.