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Ok, he’s a rapist, but he’s from Sardinia, you know… October 11, 2007

Posted by dorigo in news.

I cannot refrain from commenting this news, which I read today on www.repubblica.it .

Maurizio Pusceddu, a 29-year-old italian man from Sardinia (a large island in the Mar Tirreno), who raped and brutalized for weeks his ex-girlfriend in Hannover, was found guilty last year of rape by a jury in Buckleburg. The sentence for the barbarous acts was however softened by the extenuating circumstance of his “ethnic and cultural background“. The story -and the motivation of the sentence- was made public only now, one year after the verdict, because the lawyer of the man has requested his transfer to an italian prison.

I do not know whether to laugh or to cry. Maybe doing both would be appropriate. I think I understand the logic behind the sentence, but the distorted view the judge has of Sardinia, which has never seen a Taliban domination, is amazing. Here is an approximate translation of the relevant part of the sentence:

“In this context, one has also to keep in mind the particular ethnic and cultural background of the accused. He is from Sardinia. The situation of the role of man and woman existing in his country cannot be ascribed as an excuse, but it has to be taken into account as an extenuating circumstance.”



1. Kea - October 11, 2007

Reminds me of some well known court debates in Australia – central Asian gang of brutal brothers vs innocent, scantily clad ocker gals – and the question was whether the court should take into account the men’s traditional views of ‘such women’, which were, ahhh, not particularly pleasant. One writer called it a cultural time bomb.

2. dorigo - October 12, 2007

Yep, we live in an age of time bombs. Global warming, killer viruses, terrorism, horizontal nuclear escalation, oil supplies, unmelting pots. What still manages to cheer me up is that I am only a guest in this world, as everybody else. I’ll return my bones to the ground one day, and they will worry no more.


3. jeff - October 12, 2007

I have no doubts. The women should sue! Not the sardian savage but the german courts. n their confused and stupid minds her pain and humiliation come into second place behind that of the sardian savage. Yes she should sue their butts off!

4. Randall - October 12, 2007

This is really a pile of nonsenses: I do not understand like such an act of violence can be partially forgiven because cultural-ethnic cultural reasons??

First of all the guy should visit and see how the poeple live in the island which is far from what he probably thinks, second an act of violence is an act of violence and must be punished accordingly.



5. carlbrannen - October 12, 2007

Like, uh, when did the Germans suddenly set themselves up as the pinnacle of morality in Europe? Maybe I’m just getting too old, or maybe I watch the History channel too much when I’m in hotels.

6. Francesca Sansone - October 12, 2007

I am Italian,
In Italy this sentence sounds offensive and stupid!
How can we think to be considered Europeans if we are justified by “being Italian” (or from Sardinia, or from Sicily, etc.) if we act like wild animals?

This sentence is a non sense, a racist non sense 😦


7. Francis Caestecker - October 13, 2007


Haven’t we been all conditioned/brainwashed in our morals and our beliefs? Why do you think they are acting so hard upon video games? Because the raise the children with different morals and beliefs. The acting person has absolutely no influence on this. When you are a child, your brain is a sponge, and you just can’t help to control what it all absorbs, and these things will influence you for the rest of your life.


Germany is currently really ashamed about their past, giving them a very cautious and moralfull policy. Look at their policy on video games, which have really strict regulations.

8. dorigo - October 14, 2007

Hello all,

I think we should not blame Germany or germans for the decision of a judge, as representative he or she is. Racism, bigotry, narrowmindedness are everywhere.


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10. Vera - November 4, 2007

This sentence is so stupid…
I want to quote an Italian actress, Luciana Littizzetto, who commented it. She ironically said (more or less, I don’t remember the exact words): “Well, I want to tell to Sardinian people: then, if you see a group of germans who want to close all black people and homosexuals in cages, don’t worry, because we well know how the Germans are… the logic is almost the same!” I laughed out loud when I listened it.

11. dorigo - November 4, 2007

Hi Vera,

sure, the logic is the same… Twisted. Sleep of reason generates monsters…


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