In­dian, Pak­istani ar­rested over Italy pizza slay­ing

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An In­dian and a Pak­istani have con­fessed to killing the el­derly own­ers of a Bres­cia pizze­ria in a mafia-style slay­ing that shocked Italy and threat­ens to in­flame racial ten­sions in the north­ern city.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Pak­istani na­tional Mo­hamed Ad­nan and In­dian Sar­b­jit Singh had ad­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out the Aug. 11 at­tack in which Francesco Ser­a­mondi, 65 and his wife Gio­vanna Fer­rari, 63, were shot re­peat­edly with sawn-off shot­guns in­side their take­away.

The ex­e­cu­tion and the killers’ get­away on a moped was cap­tured on CCTV and po­lice said Singh’s fin­ger­prints had been found at the scene.

Ad­nan is the owner of a failed sim­i­lar pizza and snacks out­let he bought from Ser­a­mondi. Hours af­ter the at­tack the 32-year-old ap­peared on tele­vi­sion com­plain­ing that the neigh­bor­hood had be­come “dis­gust­ing” and that the po­lice had been sleep­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, Ad­nan has claimed he or­ga­nized the mur­der with the help of his friend Singh, 33, in frus­tra­tion and anger over be­ing un­able to com­pete with the slain cou­ple’s pop­u­lar busi­ness.

But in­ves­ti­ga­tors are skep­ti­cal about whether the case is ac­tu­ally that straight­for­ward in a city known for the in­volve­ment of or­ga­nized crime in ex­tor­tion rack­ets and the drugs trade.

“Now the dif­fi­cult phase of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gins, in which we will try to es­tab­lish if the sus­pects sim­ply adopted the meth­ods of or­ga­nized crime of if there is more to it,” Bres­cia pros­e­cu­tor Pier­luigi Maria Dell’Osso told a press con­fer­ence.

The case threat­ens to al­ready-del­i­cate com­mu­nity af­fect

rela- tions in Bres­cia, where im­mi­grants from South Asia and North Africa ac­count for more than a sixth of the pop­u­la­tion, high by Ital­ian stan­dards.

An an­gry mob gath­ered to greet Ad­nan and Singh on their ar­rival at the city’s po­lice head­quar­ters for ques­tion­ing and the case was seized upon by Mat­teo Salvini, the pop­ulist leader of the anti-immigration North­ern League who has emerged as the most prom­i­nent fig­ure on the right of Ital­ian pol­i­tics.

“If it is true (that they car­ried out the mur­ders) these two bas­tards should be locked up for life, prefer­ably in their own coun­tries,” Salvini said Mon­day.

The son of the slain cou­ple, Marco Ser­a­mondi, ap­pealed for calm, writ­ing on his Face­book page: “We want jus­tice to be done, not a vendetta.”

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