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Cerciello Rega murder, the carabiniere who blindfolded Hjorth in the barracks was acquitted on appeal

Fabio Manganaro, the Carabinieri marshal accused of blindfolding Gabriel Natale Hjorth, one of the Americans convicted for the murder of deputy brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega, was acquitted on appeal. The sentence was issued by the first appeal court of Rome as “the fact does not constitute a crime”. At first instance, Manganaro was sentenced to two months for the charge of harsh measures not permitted by law.

What had happened

Marshal Manganaro was accused of a penalty measure not permitted by law for having blindfolded Hjorth in the barracks in via in Selci in Rome after the arrest of the two Americans for the murder of the deputy brigadier of the Carabinieri Mario Cerciello Rega, killed with eleven stab wounds in the night between 25 and 26 July 2019 in the center of the capital.

Legal defense: “Acquittal gives confidence in justice”

“This sentence must be read and when the reasons are there it will have to be explored in depth by the former Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte and by the former commander of the Carabinieri, General Giovanni Nistri who were the first to condemn, without even examining it further and waiting for the results. proceedings, the work of a soldier who has honored the force in 25 years of service”. This is what the lawyer Roberto De Vita, defender of the carabiniere Fabio Manganaro, says. “This sentence re-establishes that trust in justice that had been lost with the conclusions of the prosecutor at first instance and with the sentence of the single judge”, added the defender, recalling the 2-month sentence imposed on his client at first instance.

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