On January 18 another hearing of the Nottetempo trial was held in Lecce.
Witnesses for the prosecution, including doctor Katia Cazzato and doctor
Ruberti, made their depositions. The doctors had compiled false medical
certificates following a violent beating inflicted on immigrants who had
tried to escape the Regina Pacis camp. Although Cazzato and Ruberti were
not present on that occasion, they drew up certificates presenting bruises
and wounds inflicted by carabinieri and priest Lodeserto as the result of
falls. Both doctors denied any wrongdoing.
All requests put forward by the defence in favour of the three comrades
still under house arrest (permission to work and the possibility to go to
the court without a police escort) were rejected.
It appears clear that Salvatore, Saverio and Cristian will be held under
house arrest until the end of the trial. Furthermore the refusal to grant
even the smallest request presented by their lawyers gives the impression
that the strings of this trial are being pulled far beyond the court.
Until now it had been taken for granted that charges of subversive
association would be dropped and that some of the defendants would be
accused of specific crimes alone, but it now seems that this trial is
being used in order to effectively sentence anarchists for subversive
association for the first time.
The next hearings will be held on January 25, February 8 and February 22.