28 Anarchist Comrades Sentenced at Operation Panic Trial in Italy

Published July 24, 2019

Operation Panic

28 anarchist comrades were convicted and sentenced at the conclusion of the Operation Panic trial in Florence, Italy.

On July 16, 2019, the prosecutors Focardi and Giunti exposed requests for conviction against 39 defendants in the trial for the “Panico” operation against the Florentine anarchists. The trial is the result of the union of several proceedings, including the one linked to the “Panico” repressive operation of January 31st, 2017 (which involved three house arrests, some restrictions and searches with the main accusation of “criminal association”) and the repressive operation of August 3rd, 2017, which involved eight arrests, searches and the eviction of La Riottosa occupation in Florence, with accusations (for the eight anarchists arrested) of having carried out an explosive attack against “Il Bargello” bookstore (Florence, January 1st, 2017), a space linked to fascists and the fascist party “Casapound”, an action during which a policeman was seriously injured and lost part of a hand and an eye, and an arson attack on a carabinieri station in the neighborhood of Rovezzano (Florence, April 21st, 2016).

The highest sentences were requested for the anarchists accused of the action of January 1st, 2017. The sentences requested are: 11 years for Giovanni, 10 years and 6 months for Paska, 10 years for Salvatore (Ghespe) and always 10 years for Nicola. The first three comrades from June 2019 are under house arrest. Among the various crimes they are accused of “attempted murder,” “manufacture and carriage of explosives” and “damage.”

Furthermore, convictions have been requested in reference to some other actions and countless other events that took place in Florence until 2017. Sentencing requests are for 35 people and range from 15 days to 7 years. The accusations are of “damage,” “violence,” “resistance and threat to public official,” “injuries,” “fouling,” “manufacture and carriage of explosives,” “possession of pyrotechnic devices” and “refusal to provide general information.”

July 22, 2019: Pending further information, we publish some of the sentences (news received via message) for the 28 comrades charged from Operation Panic.

Ghespe – 9 years

Giova – 9 years, 10 months and 15 days

Paska – 9 years and 10 months

For all the others the sentences range from one month to six years.

Fire to the prisons and the courts

Freedom for all

From: https://anarchistsworldwide.noblogs.org/post/2019/07/23/italy-operation-panic-28-anarchist-comrades-convicted-and-sentenced/ & https://insuscettibilediravvedimento.noblogs.org/post/2019/07/18/it-en-italia-richieste-di-condanna-al-processo-per-loperazione-panico/