The former mayor of Riace in the southern Italian region of Calabria was sentenced on Thursday 30 September to more than 13 years in prison for inciting irregular migration and for irregularities in the management of asylum seekers. This is far more than the eight years imprisonment that the prosecutor had requested. He will also have to pay back €500,000 that had been paid by the European Union (EU) and the Italian government.
Domenico Lucano, who has long been a leading figure in the reception of migrants in Italy, had brought his depopulated village in Calabria back to life by taking in hundreds of migrants. Today, he says he is “dead inside and destroyed” and announces that he will appeal against his conviction, pronounced by the court of Locri.
It is worth noting that Domenico Lucano had been arrested in the autumn of 2018 and placed under house arrest. At the time, the Minister of the Interior was Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League.