There are 17 other suspects in the investigation of the Verona Public Prosecutor's Office on episodes of torture, ill-treatment and embezzlement that yesterday led to the arrest of five policemen on duty at the Volanti of the Police Headquarters. The Public Prosecutor's Office of Verona has advanced to the investigating judge Livia Magri the application of disqualification measures, such as suspension from service or transfer of office. In the pre-trial detention order, the judge emphasizes that against them "it will be necessary to fix the prior questioning before the decision". Another order will therefore be issued relating to these possible measures. The Questore Roberto Massucci, as known, has already arranged in recent weeks the transfer of office for 23 policemen on duty at the Volanti department.
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"The events that emerge from the Verona investigation, if confirmed, would be of enormous gravity, detrimental first of all to the dignity of the victims but also to the honor and reputation of thousands of women and men of the State Police who daily carry out their service to citizens with dedication and sacrifice". This was stated by Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi underlining that "the judiciary and the State Police itself will fully clarify what happened". The Police "that I know and to whom I renew my esteem and gratitude for the delicate activities it carries out daily - adds the owner of the Viminiale - is the one that without hesitation and prejudice manages to clean up inside". This is demonstrated by "the trust granted by the prosecutor who delegated to the mobile team of the Verona police headquarters the conduct of the investigations and the recognition in the order of the investigating judge of the efficiency and solicitude with which these were carried out".
Victim does not remember the beating He does not remember being beaten
and knocked out, outside the notorious 'aquarium' of the Verona Police Headquarters, one of the victims of the policemen arrested yesterday as part of the torture investigation. It is an Italian, Mattia Tacchi, heard by the magistrate last December to confirm the picture that was coming out of the investigations and interceptions on the agents of the Volanti. It is against him that one of the arrested boasts on the phone with his girlfriend: "Now I'll show you how many flips at the door come on, boom boom boom boom". "And I laughed like crazy," he told the girl. He talked about the "splints" on the face, the kicks and punches. "I loaded a cue hook', bam, he closes his eyes, from stone to ground he ended up, he remained on the ground," she says by phone. The story dates back to August 22, when Tacchi was seen by a Volante, probably after taking alcohol and substances, and taken to the police station for investigations. Taken to the "aquarium" he is with three other people, North African citizens also stopped by the agents. These three will confirm the dynamics of the episode. Tacchi would first pull some headboards on the plexiglas walls of the room; One of the officers then invited him out, knowing that there were no surveillance cameras outside the "aquarium", and hit him by banging his head on the door. Back inside, the young man began to rail against the agents again, let out again and here hit with a sting to the face that made him fall to the ground. A third officer, instigated by his colleague, would eventually hit him with kicks in the back. The investigators heard Tacchi last December in the prison of Montorio, but he declared that he did not remember anything at all, because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The facts were then confirmed in the story of the three who were with him, and who recognized the officers in the photograph, telling the facts as the policeman himself had done with his girlfriend. For this reason, the investigating judge has configured the crime of torture in the form of 'intentional intent', considering the "real enjoyment" shown by the agent towards Tacchi who, he writes, "without having committed crimes of any kind and simply stopped for identification, found himself in the clutches of those unworthy police operators".