For the prosecutor Roberto Valli it was a culpable excess of self-defense. Two witnesses: “He pulled out his gun already on the ground”
Voghera – The investigating judge of Pavia has validated the arrest of the councilor for security of the Municipality of Voghera, Massimo Adriatici, confirming, for the politician, house arrest. Adriatici is accused of culpable excess of self-defense for the killing of Youns El Boussetaoui, which took place Tuesday evening with a gunshot in the square. Adriatici, however, is no longer in his home. The decision to take him to a secret place, as far as has been known, took place at the request of the defense as an image of the politician’s home appeared on some social networks. Meanwhile, there are two key witnesses who saw what happened in Piazza Meardi in Voghera: they should be the two men who also appear in the piece of video collected by the surveillance camera and released two days ago.
One of them, found and heard by the victim’s family lawyers, as reported by Repubblica, allegedly said: “I saw an Italian man who was talking on the phone, Youns pushed him and the Italian fell to the ground on his back. At that point while he was lying down, he pulled the gun from his hip and shot him in cold blood. After being hit, Youns ran away with his hand on his stomach and then fell to the ground ”.
His statements, and those of the other witness, already available to the investigators, did not change the assessment of the crime Adriatici is accused of today. For the prosecutor Roberto Valli it was a culpable excess of self-defense. Because Adriatici would have acted in a condition of “perceived danger” (after Youns’ punch), with a disproportionate reaction compared to the real situation (he had a limping and disarmed man in front of him), but not such as to constitute the hypothesis of the crime of murder voluntary, for which he was initially arrested by the Carabinieri of the Provincial Command of Pavia.
Validation of arrests
With the accusation of excessive self-defense, the prosecutor obtained the validation of house arrest for the commissioner self-suspended by the council, for two precautionary needs: the risk of repetition of the crime and the danger of probative pollution. From what emerges, during the interrogation, however, the commissioner would have provided a somewhat different version than the initial one. According to reports from his defenders, he said: “I don’t have a precise memory, I don’t know how that shot started.” And not, as initially stated, of having accidentally fired in the fall caused by the victim’s fist.
In any case, in Voghera there is tension awaiting the judge’s decision, because this afternoon the Moroccan community, with various associations and the victim’s sister, organized a demonstration to demand justice. About two hundred people are expected, and a massive security system organized by carabinieri and police. After having invited the shopkeepers to keep the shops closed for security reasons, the center-right mayor, Paola Garlaschelli, who over time had received several reports on her councilor who went around armed, addresses the citizens in an open letter: “These are difficult days for our community. We are incredulous for the tragedy that has taken place, shaken by the clamor that has hit our city and by the media exploitation that has taken on facts that the judiciary has been called to clarify. Something very serious has happened which inevitably leads us to reflect deeply. A person died in dramatic circumstances and a councilor of my council, an esteemed and respected person in the city, whose work we have appreciated in recent months, was overwhelmed by a tragic event. It is not up to us to judge the responsibilities or the faults. Together with my colleagues from the council and the majority councilors, I felt that respectful silence was the wisest choice these days “. Then he underlines: “Voghera is a city today as wounded as we all are. I have a duty to defend it and to describe reality, which is very different from what is emerging. Voghera is a moderate and welcoming city in which a supporting pillar of social life is made up of voluntary associations and a dense network of social services ”.
And he appeals to those who take to the streets today: “We must remember that we are in a particular moment, the pandemic has awakened feelings of fear and distrust, at times bringing out the darkest part of society, and we are deeply concerned that this exploitation can fuel further anger and violence. I appeal to everyone, recalling the truest values in each of us, so that the tragedy that has already occurred does not trigger a spiral of violence. My appeal goes to the press, citizens, protesters and politicians. Voghera deserves the respect that is due to anyone who suffers all this. Let’s put an end to hostilities and unite in solidarity, because the best way to respect the memory of those who are no longer there is to prefer dialogue to hatred and barricades ”.