March 9, 2021 –
On19th January a hearing was held concerning five special surveillance orders requested by prosecutor Guido Pani against as many Sardinian comrades.
The request was submitted summer 2019 and notified in October of the same year, three weeks after the closure of investigations concerning operation Lince, where the same five comrades were under investigation for 270bis.
The prosecutor’s game was clearly biased and steeped in police logic – I investigate you for terrorism, therefore you are dangerous, therefore I demand special surveillance. Of the kind, one way or another I’ll lock you up at home or in a cage.
The itinerary of this preventive procedure was far more contorted than you could ever imagine; initially the date set for the hearing was 3rd December 2019; between flaws, pandemic and faults in notification more than a year passed before a judge managed to hear prosecutors and lawyers.
During this time the request unquestionably lost its edge, because one of the fundamental parameters for establishing social dangerousness, for which special surveillance orders are issued, is its being topical. However committed they were to shadowing and various forms of monitoring, prosecutor Pani and DIGOS didn’t manage to achieve anything important in a year, also “thanks” to life in mothballs imposed by lockdown and curfew and lack of significant moments of struggle.
Therefore Pani’s argument focused on the 5 comrades’ public and reiterated claim of the importance of direct action even when it breaks the law. The reasoning we cherish so much according to which legal often doesn’t correspond to right was the point of – presumed – strength in the accusation.
Unlike other cases, the “private” lives of the comrades were not taken into consideration, nor were differences in age, criminal records, life style, etc. pointed out. Pani therefore felt confident of his axiom according to which those investigated for 270bis deserve special surveillance.
The defence argued in both technical and “political” terms, dismantling the prosecutor’s construction bit by bit. To give an idea of the man inside the gown, it should be said that Pani left the court as soon as the defence lawyers started speaking, followed by his lackeys ready to bark at any gust of wind.
In spite of the fact that we might feel cautiously optimistic, there is little cause to be calm and we know that well, because the games and equilibriums between a court and the police live off the sentences inflicted on other people’s skin, in this case ours.
The response in terms of solidarity was excellent; in spite of the fact that the zona arancione [orange area, one of the tiers under Codiv-19 restrictions] prevented movement in the region, more than 150 people gathered outside the court, warming the hearts of the five comrades and showing a united solid movement.
The judge will take 90 days to pronounce the sentence.
On 27th January part of the preliminary hearing of the trial for operation Lince took place. This trial represents the most repressive attack on the struggle in Sardinia in recent decades. 45 under investigation, hundreds of charges and a clear message that those who challenge Sardinia’s war department won’t get away with it.
Thousands of court papers, heavy charges, interceptions and shadowing were the result of Pani’s work, who didn’t give up till the end; in December, little more than a month before the start of the trial (and as the investigation ended) he obtained a search warrant against a comrade to look for “dangerous” correspondence.
In spite of the weight of the charges, of the atmosphere created, thanks to complacent journalists, the difficult phase of the struggle and finally the sanitary measures, the response of solidarity was particularly positive, repeating the numbers of the previous week.
Paolo, currently detained in Uta for other offences, also took part in the trial in the court of the assizes. A little surprisingly, lawyers for the civil parties Poste Italiane, the ministry of the interior and the Cabinet were present, those of Bricoman didn’t feel up to it!!
Given the bureaucratic delays of the appeal, the reading of the charges, the elimination of some prescribed offences and other issues, there was only time for the prosecutor’s statement; even if he didn’t mention the word terrorism, Pani demanded indictment for the offences proposed, thereby including article 270bis. It is worth mentioning that to support his accusations he produced an interception where one of the accused, when asked by a friend what the projects beyond the struggle against military bases were, answered: revolution.
The next hearing is set for 15th April, 2021 the defence lawyers will speak and the judge is expected to make pronouncements for the preliminary hearing.
These considerations don’t claim to be complete, they are only to share impressions of the two hearings. For a deeper analysis we suggest Riflessioni a margine dell’operazione Lince, which you will find in maistriali.it
Some comrades from Cagliari
Translated by act for freedom now!