a court Italian sentenced this Thursday two men for the crimes of slavery and culpable homicide for the death of an immigrant who died while working as a day laborer in the southern fields under the sun at high temperatures.
The Court of Lecce (Apulia, south) sentenced each of the two defendants to 14 and a half years in prison, the Italian agricultural businessman Giuseppe Mariano82, and Sudanese Mohamed Elsalih, of 42, considered their provider of immigrant labor.
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The crimes for which they were convicted are manslaughter and reduction to slavery, according to local media, and they were banned from holding public office.
In this way they will answer for the death in the Lecce estates of Mohammed Abdullaha 47-year-old Sudanese day laborer who died on July 20, 2015 in the fields of Salento while picking tomatoes on a torrid day that touched 40 degrees.
The victim suffered from pneumonia and the conditions in which he was forced to work ended up causing his death.
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The prosecutor, Francesca Miglietta, had demanded the conviction of both after having verified that the workers of these lands, immigrants, “They were forced to work in conditions of absolute exploitation” and that “they mortified” to the people.
Many undocumented or irregular immigrants who arrive in Italy end up in ghettos, generally in the south of the country, where they are recruited by “foremen” to work the fields and collect fruits and vegetables in more than precarious conditions.