Friday, 26 October 2018

Desirée Mariottini killing: Three migrants held in Italy over girl's death



Three migrants from Senegal and Nigeria have been arrested by police investigating the rape and killing of a girl whose death has been seized upon by the populist right.

 
The body of Desirée Mariottini, 16, was found in a derelict building in an area of Rome known for drug trafficking. She had been drugged and gang raped.


Right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hailed the arrests, condemning those behind the murder as "worms".


It would not go unpunished, he said.


Mr Salvini, who leads the anti-immigration League party, has spearheaded measures aimed at scrapping protection for migrants not given refugee status, as well as stopping NGO ships carrying rescued migrants from landing in Italy.
When he visited the scene of Ms Mariottini's murder on Wednesday close to Rome's main Termini station, he was given a mixed reception of cheers and insults. There were shouts of "jackal", an insult used by critics who have accused him of taking political advantage of human tragedy.


Investigators believe the victim fell unconscious for several hours last week after being given a cocktail of drugs by several people, and died of an overdose. She was sexually abused before she died.





BBC        News.