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