The following video from Italy reports on the latest migrants arriving at the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is being overwhelmed this summer, exceeding the carrying capacity of its reception center.
The following article from Corriere della Sera (also translated by Gary Fouse) reports on a culture-enriching rapist who followed the same route as the migrants in the video, through Lampedusa and Porto Empedocle. The case has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%:
Milan: Rape at Cascina Gobba: The selfie in front of the Duomo that brought down the rapist
The Egyptian, 31 years old, had landed at Lampedusa in May. On July 7 he was photographed in Milan: The image, thanks to facial recognition software, led to his identification. Then the DNA confirmation.
For two months he disappeared. A ghost that moves throughout Italy, from the island of Lampedusa to Milan. A path during which Haitham Mahmoud Abdelshafi Ahmed Masoud was never checked by police. Or at least, if he was, no trace was left.
The 31-year-old Egyptian, arrested for the rape of a 25-year-old worker at the San Raffaele of Milan Hospital, landed at Lampedusa between the 10th and 11th of May. Days in which more than 1,400 migrants arrived in a few hours. On one of those boats there was also Masoud, who after being transferred to the Lampedusa hotspot, was photographed and identified with the name of “Abdelshafi Haysem Mahmoud”. He said that he fled from Egypt, crossed the Mediterranean together with other co-nationalists, and fled from the repression of the Cairo government. He announced that he wanted to claim asylum. The Interior Ministry assigned him the identification code 064BSVV, a sort of provisional identity for migrants.
Trace of him lost during the anti-Covid quarantine, and the transfer to Porto Empedocle. In his pocket a cell phone number which was activated on May 25 at Palma di Montechiaro (Agrigento) by a 23-year-old co-nationalist. Probably Masoud reached the capital of Lombardy by train. And thanks to the identity number, he was identified two months later at the immigration office of Milan police HQ when he presented himself to advance his asylum request. It was 1:35 pm on Wednesday, July 7: With a white t-shirt and gelled hair, he was photographed by the scientific police. It would be that picture, thanks to the facial recognition software “Sari” that led to his identification.
The police begin with another image, that of the WhatsApp profile associated with the telephone number that might belong to the perpetrator of the violence of August 9 when the 25-year-old victim was attacked at dawn and raped in a canal while walking along a path on her way to work. A selfie taken with the cell phone where Masoud, in front of the Duomo, was dressed in a black t-shirt. On 24 August, while the police, directed by Marco Cali, already suspicious of him, were monitoring him, the 31-year-old presented himself again at the immigration office to complete his asylum request. In the files, there are shots of the 31-year-old seated in the waiting room. It is here that the officers surreptitiously obtain a can and cigarette butt to compare the DNA with the traces found at the scene of the violence. A few hours later the confirmation arrives. The two genetic profiles match.
At 7 in the evening on Thursday, magistrates Letizia Mannella and Rosaria Stagnaro sign the arrest warrant. The police trace Masoud the following morning to an apartment on Via Tartini, on the periphery of the city, where he is sleeping with ten other co-nationalists. A dormitory house where he had found hospitality and some illegal work as a laborer at a construction site thanks to the “mutual aid” of other immigrants. Masoud had clean clothes, a smartphone, and the same backpack he was carrying on his shoulders the day of the violence.
The interrogation to validate the arrest was held Sunday, at San Vittorio prison. The 31-year-old will be defended by the legal office of Eleonora Bergamini. In the 52-page indictment from the magistrates, the judge is requested to keep the 31-year-old in jail, as well as the story from the victim. “I felt myself being pushed into the ditch suddenly. My face was crushed on the pavement of the canal, I felt I was suffocating. I shouted. I begged him to stop for my two children. When he fled after the violence, I was terrified that he would return.”
|00:00||Two nautical miles from the port of Lampedusa, the harbor master’s office rescued|
|00:05||63 sub-Saharans, including four women, during the course|
|00:09||of the 18th disembarkation recorded in the last 24 hours|
|00:13||off Lampedusa — arrivals that show no sign of stopping.|
|00:17||330 migrants who reached the island in the previous landings|
|00:21||that continued since midnight yesterday and up until dawn.|
|00:25||Only four have been registered in the course of an hour.|
|00:30||During yesterday evening there were another four,|
|00:34||with a total of 70 persons, which has brought the number of landings|
|00:38||for yesterday to ten with 235 migrants.|
|00:43||So in 24 hours, 507 migrants have reached the island.|
|00:48||The situation has returned to being more than critical|
|00:51||at the hotspot of Contrada Imbriacola [reception center], where there are currently|
|00:55||865 guests present, more than triple the maximum capacity fixed at 250 spaces.|
|01:03||Intercepting the last four boats, with people of Tunisian and sub-Saharan nationalities on board,|
|01:08||were patrol boats of the harbor master of the Guardia di Finanza,|
|01:12||small boats with often fewer than ten persons on board.|
|01:17||Other times more than 40, among them women and children.|
|01:23||Aside from the usual checks, anti-Covid checks are now added.|
|01:27||There are 107 migrants already subjected to quick tests for the diagnosis of Covid-19,|
|01:33||and three already identified, who will be transferred this morning from Lampedusa|
|01:38||by ferry line, which in the evening will reach Porto Empedocle.|
|01:42||Of the transfers carried out, 758 guests will remain|
|01:46||at the Lampedusa hotspot as arranged by the Prefecture|
|01:50||in agreement with the Interior Ministry, and will be coordinated by the police.