Italian man who shot migrants given 12year prison term

Italian man who shot migrants given 12year prison term

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for shooting and wounding six African migrants in a racially motivated attack in the central city of Macerata.

Luca Traini, 29, went on the shooting spree on Feb. 3 in what he said was revenge for the death of a young Italian woman, who was allegedly killed and dismembered by a Nigerian man just days earlier.

Traini targeted black migrants as he drove around Macerata, hitting nationals from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. He later abandoned his car and made a fascist salute, an Italian flag draped over his shoulders, as police arrested him.

No-one died in the attack and Traini apologised in court for his actions. I am sorry for the injuries I caused, he said. While in prison, I have understood that the colour of ones’ skin has nothing to do with anything.

The shootings came a month before national elections that were marked by furious debate over the influx of some 600,000 mainly African migrants into Italy since 2014.

The anti-immigration League emerged as the second-largest party in parliament at the vote and went on to forge a coalition government with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. League leader Matteo Salvini is the new interior minister and has followed through on a campaign pledge to toughen migration laws.

Traini launched his attack three days after the discovery of the body of teenager Pamela Mastropietro near Macerata. A Nigerian, Innocent Oseghale, has been charged with her rape, murder and dismemberment, as well as with drug dealing.

He says Mastropietro died of an overdose and denies killing her.

I wanted justice for Pamela, Traini told the court.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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