FILE – This Sept. 1, 2018 file photo displays mayor of the Calabrian town of Riace, southern Italy, Domenico Lucano. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Italian financial police placed Lucano, who has turn right into a symbol for welcoming migrants to Italy, under rental arrest for allegedly aiding unlawful immigration. (Cesare Abbate/ANSA by strategy of AP, file)
MILAN – The mayor of a diminutive town in southern Italy that was a mannequin for immigrant integration was placed under rental arrest Tuesday for allegedly aiding unlawful immigration, a scurry that introduced a well-spring of give a use to for the mayor.
Italian financial police arrested the mayor of Riace, Domenico Lucano, as share of an investigation into the allocation of a half-million euros in public funds to accommodate refugees and asylum-seekers.
Authorities talked about the investigation is also examining allegations that fraudulent associations had been spot up so immigrants would possibly maybe well remove over trash disposal contracts and the arranging of marriages of convenience to again female immigrants dwell in Italy.
Lucano’s partner, Tesfahun Lemlem, also was placed under investigation and dangers shedding her Italian residency.
Locri prosecutor Luigi D’Alessio suggested Sky 24 that the 18-month-prone investigation is unprecedented broader in scope than what was contained within the arrest warrant.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has taken a tense line on immigration, hailed the mayor’s arrest.
“What’s going to your whole invent-gooders who’re making an strive to dangle Italy with immigrants relate now?” Salvini wrote on Twitter.
But a hashtag that in English interprets to “Riace won’t quit” (#Riacenonsiarresta) was trending on the same platform with give a use to for the mayor and his hospitable policy.
A whole bunch of different folks gathered in Rome to present a use to Lucano under banners reading “Team spirit will not be a criminal offense.” Italian journalist and recordsdata reveal host Gad Lerner called the mayor’s arrest “a slap within the face to other folks who apply the duty of welcoming.”
The Calabrian town of Riace won recognition for integrating hundreds of migrants into the town of fewer than 2,000 residents, beginning with the appearance of a ship carrying bigger than 200 Kurdish refugees in 1998.
Town supplied the novices housing in vacant properties that once housed Italians who moved north prolonged earlier than.
As mayor, Lucano made accommodating immigrants and refugees central to his administration. His govt opened colleges to again them and supplied micro-credit to start diminutive corporations, in conjunction with a recycling project walk by two immigrants who damaged-down donkeys to wander door-to-door to secure refuse.