Italian activist’s murder trial due to start in Gaza

Related to: Vittorio Arrigoni: a Friend, a Brother, a Humanist

Maan News Agency | Sept 8, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The first session of a trial to sentence the murderers of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni is due to start on Thursday in a Gaza court.

The Italian activist and journalist was murdered after being kidnapped by a group that identified itself as Salafist, on April 15, 2011.

He was found hanged in a house northwest of Gaza City.

Hamas security forces were able to find the group responsible for the murder in An-Nuseirat refugee camp, three days after the murder.

Clashes erupted between the group and Hamas forces killing two of the accused murderers. A third was injured and a fourth detained.

President Abbas condemned the murder of Arrigoni as a “grotesque and disgraceful crime.”

News of the Italian activist’s murder was greeted with widespread condemnation, and demonstrations and vigils were held across the West Bank in his memory.


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