Rally in Nantes against Vecchi’s surrender to Italy
According to the prefecture, around 150 people gathered in Nantes on Saturday to say “no” to France handing over Vincenzo Vecchi, who had fled to Brittany after the violence at the G8 summit in Genoa in Genoa in 2001, to the Italian authorities.
The protesters came to support the Italian, a refugee in Brittany, ahead of a judgment by the Court of Cassation expected on October 11 at the call of his support committee. They were joined by MPs from LFI, EELV, PCF and activists from Mrap and the Human Rights League.
The Court of Justice has to rule on the execution of the European arrest warrant issued by Italy against Vecchi, after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in July that France could not object to the execution of the European arrest warrant and therefore its service on Italy, with the final Decision submitted to the Court of Cassation in France.
During the speeches, several participants expressed their concerns about the decision that the Court of Cassation will take, explained Jean-Pierre Guenanten, coordinator of the Vincenzo Support Committee.
“We are of course still in the midst of a rise in fascist tensions in Italy, but also across Europe,” said Margot Medkour, members of the Nantes Collective, over the microphone on the eve of what could become an historic Italian general election Victory for the far right.
“If we follow the ECJ, we should also extradite women who would come to France for abortions to escape Polish justice,” argued the activist.
“All of this is absurd, since it seems absurd and political nonsense to extradite, imprison or imprison Vincenzo Vecchi again,” said Margot Medkour.
Sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison in Italy in 2009, Mr Vecchi was one of the “Ten of Genoa”, ten activists often sentenced to very severe sentences over the clashes during the G8 summit.
He was arrested in Rochefort-en-Terre (Morbihan) in August 2019 and released by the Rennes Court of Appeal in November 2019, as he considered the “execution procedure” of the European Arrest Warrant to be unlawful.
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