A reader named Perla found the following article in Corriere della Sera and volunteered to translate it for Gates of Vienna.
It’s notable that even though the culturally enriched assailant shouted “Allahu akhbar!” while attacking his victim, the police are certain that there was no religious motive for the crime. Perhaps they have availed themselves of the latest EU surveillance equipment, which not only scans retinas and recognizes faces, but also reads people’s minds:
Sanremo: Tunisian assaults a friar in the street, while shouting “God is Great”
Father Riccardo, age 76, risks the loss of the use of an eye. But the attack was not motivated by religion.
Sanremo — While shouting “God is great,” a north African beat a Capuchin friar with a bottle, furiously kicking and punching him, even when he had already fallen to the ground. Now the friar from Sanremo, Father Riccardo, aged 76, risks the loss of the use of one eye.
Arrest — The police headquarters of Imperia and the police station of Sanremo arrested a 20-year-old Tunisian illegal immigrant for the attack.
The man, an illegal who has been already expelled from the country and then arrested and released for drug possession, may have had a discussion with the friar about religious symbols before the attack. But the police, who tracked down the Tunisian thanks to images from a surveillance camera in the area, deny that the attack might have had religious motives. Instead the friar’s refusal to give the Tunisian money could have caused the violence.
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The Tunisian, who has been arrested for the crime of illegal immigration and is in a security cell at the police station, has refused to answer any questions. The police are waiting for news from the hospital on the condition of the friar.
It is possible that in the next few hours the Tunisian could also be charged with assault and battery. The police have learned that previously another Capuchin friar was the victim of a similar attack, which was never reported to the police.
Contrary to what the police assert, a refusal by the friar to hand over money can also induce a religious motivation, since payments by infidels to Muslims (jizyah) are mandated under Islamic law.
But no need to concern yourselves about such things. There’s nothing to see here. Just move along.
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