This is the story of Alfredo Cospito, the first Italian anarchist who was imprisoned in 41 bis.

1967. Alfredo Cospito was born in Pescara.

2012. May 7th. The leader of the anarchists in Italy is Roberto Adinolfi, CEO of Ansaldo Nuclear. For anarchists, it is one of the main culprits for the proliferation of nuclear power plants and the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

2013. Cospito was sentenced to more than ten years in prison.

Quick reverse. Let’s go back to 2006. The Carabinieri school in Fossano, Cuneo province, was attacked. The anarchist Cospito is accused of being responsible, but the Turin judges are still awaiting the Constitutional Court’s decision. A sentence that can make a difference in the decision between life imprisonment or a lighter sentence.

2022. The Ministry of Justice decides to impose the so-called “hard prison” 41 bis regime on Cospito.

Marta Cartabia, the minister at the time, announced that the prisoner sent multiple messages to his anarchist comrades, inviting them to “openly continue the fight against domination, especially by means of violence considered more effective”.

But why should the anarchist leader avoid a life sentence for the 2006 bombing?

Cospito is sentenced to twenty years in prison on appeal. The Attorney General then appealed to the Court of Cassation, arguing that the crime was not an ordinary massacre, but a “political massacre”, that is, the most serious article of Article 285 of the penal code. Penalty: life imprisonment. After accepting the appeal, we were back to the second degree, where the prosecution reformulated the charge and demanded a life sentence for the anarchist leader. The defense wants the mitigating factor of “lightness of truth” to be applied and for the Turin Court of Appeal to request the intervention of the Constitutional Court instead of sentencing.

The doubt is simple: is it possible to apply the mitigating factor for the attack on the Carabinieri school? Theoretically yes, but there is a law that prohibits extenuating circumstances from being applied to repeat offenders, i.e. those who intentionally commit the same crime within a specified period of time. So Cospito was guilty again in the first trial, but will he be admitted as such in the second trial? Constitutionalists will have to answer that, and according to this answer, Alfredo Cospito will be sentenced to life imprisonment, yes, but this is the story of Alfredo Cospito, the first Italian anarchist imprisoned under 41 bis.

Source: Today IT

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