Last Thursday, the court of Locri (Calabria) sentenced Domenico “Mimmo” Lucano (63) to 13 years and 2 months for “aiding and abetting illegal immigration” and related charges.
Lucano is well known all across Europe and beyond for welcoming and integrating migrants in his community and thereby revitalising the Southern Italian town by loaning empty homes to refugees and creating jobs and public works.
Last week’s court rouling gained considerable international attention. The former mayer who said he would appeal the sentense will remain under house arrest.
Lucano was put under house arrest in 2018 shortly after far-right then interior minister Matteo Salvini (Lega) announced a series of additional anti-migration measures.
“The European Left considers the experience realised by Mimmo Lucano as a mayor part of his own history. We declare ourselves his accomplices in the crime of solidarity and we moblize in his defense. This sentence is a dark page in the history of Italian justice and represents a real attack on the Italian constitution.“