“Kidnapping ended badly staged, we want truth”

(Adnkronos) – “We immediately understood that the story of the kidnapping ended badly was a staging. In our opinion, certainly it is not a kidnapping, otherwise it would not have ended that way. No kidnapper kills a hostage without even trying to get something in return, there are too many, too many inconsistencies. 100 meters from the place where our Luca, the carabiniere Vittorio Iacovacci and the driver of the World Food Program (Wfp) Mustapha Milambo were killed “, on the road between Goma and Rutshuru , “there is a check point that coincidentally was empty that day. Out of 7 kidnapped people were killed”, in addition to the WFP driver, “only our two compatriots, the others did not report even a scratch, as it is possible?”. To ask for truth and justice, in a long interview with Adnkronos, is Salvatore Attanasio, the father of the Italian ambassador brutally killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on February 22, 2021.

In recent days, the press has written about a plot – behind the ambush – by the upper echelons of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Fardc) which would involve members of the intelligence, police and civilians. A reconstruction certainly distant “from that of the kidnapping which ended badly in which we never believed, not even for a moment – the father of Luca strongly reiterates -. Now it is up to our investigators to ascertain the truth, if the press has written about it, it will surely have collected of the testimonies before doing so. We cannot say anything about what is emerging, but we can demand the truth and fight to the end for it. Without truth there is no justice, we expect our authorities to complete their work. a leap of pride on the part of our country, a country that Luca served and honored in all the offices in which he operated “.

“Our life was interrupted on February 22, 2021, the day Luca lost his life. We draw strength from our granddaughters, three little girls who will grow up without their dad. We will fight until these three creatures have some serenity, however much possible. And so that they have truth and justice: in this we will not give up, we have no intention of doing so “. While talking to Adnkronos, Salvatore is at the park with the three girls: the older one is 5 and a half years old, the twins will turn 4 at the end of May. And it will be their second birthday without their dad blowing out the candles. “The grown-up always asks me about her father – recalls her grandfather, her voice broken by emotion – and every time she does it is a wound that reopens. How can you explain to them what happened? I am convinced of the father they had and will be proud of it. But the truth must also and above all be found for them. Luca was an extraordinary son and father, not only in the family, but every person who met him remembers him with affection. Luca believed in a better world and worked every day to change it for the better, it is no coincidence that the slogan of the association he founded, ‘Mamma Sofia’, is: ‘let’s redesign the world’. dreamer who looked beyond his nose. He had so many dreams, his strength was to believe in the dreams he had and to try to make them come true “.

“The story of what really happened to Luke has to be written. We live for the truth, without truth we would not have justice. We are ready to fight until the last of our days to get to the truth about that cursed February 22, in which our Luca lost his life. We hope that our authorities, especially that the Italian State has a leap of pride and with a straight back will fight for this, on the one hand with the Congolese government, on the other with the World Food Program, which wants to appeal to a sort of immunity for the people of the organization under investigation, which would be nothing short of immoral for a body that defines itself as humanitarian “.

“How do you explain what happened to their dad? – Salvatore asks angrily – The truth must also and above all be said for them, but also for our state: if it is a state with a capital S then don’t kneel. in front of these big organizations or other governments. Keep your back straight otherwise everything is built on sand, starting with our values, the cornerstones of our democracy. We appeal so much to human rights, we do it every time there is a mockery that ends up filling the chronicles. Is not suppressing life violating the highest human right? My son’s life – he remembers – was broken in a circumstance in which he found himself to bring peace and do good. We ask for truth , we will do it with tenacity as long as we have the strength “.

APPEAL TO DRAGHI AND MATTARELLA – “We know that the Farnesina is at our side: the Foreign Ministry is doing everything and more to be able to go ahead with the investigation into the death of our Luca. If this were not enough, we invoke the highest government authority, we turn to Mario Draghi. If Draghi or Mattarella are to be bothered we will do it, we do not shy away from asking for truth and justice “. The Head of State “we met him on the occasion of the delivery of the Grand Cross of Honor of the Order of the Star of Italy in memory of Luca – recalls the ambassador’s father -, on that occasion Mattarella had spent words of praise for my son, an example of how diplomacy must be in Italy and in the world. And Luca is certainly an example, but an example that asks for truth and justice “.

Attanasio also laments the absence of Europe in the painful story that overwhelmed his family, shaking it to its foundations. “A mute and totally absent Europe – he denounces – We are talking about the murder of two servants of the state, a founding state of Europe which, however, Europe forgets in such circumstances. This is a very serious fact for us. There have been questions from MEPs on Luca’s affair, questions sent to the European Parliament that have not had any effect, have not received any answers “. But Salvatore Attanasio does not spare even “the Italian press and its silence: they do not deal with the case, they do not write about it. It is not clear why and I consider it serious, very serious. Moreover, it is not just a matter of news, but of the case of an Italian ambassador barbarously killed in a period of peace and during a humanitarian mission. There is no silence that holds, that is justifiable “.

POPE FRANCIS – Pope Francis “yes, we hear him and we have also met him”. The Pontiff will be in Congo in July, and will go to prayer in Goma, near the place where, in February 2021, the Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio was killed: “We hope that his presence will lead to a small step forward , that he always turns on a little light to prevent Luca’s story from falling into oblivion “.

THE INVESTIGATIONS – With the arrival of Alberto Petrangeli in Kinshasa, the new ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo, “we hope that the investigations into Luca will have new impetus. Our carabinieri dei Ros have been waiting since September last year to complete the investigations, but they are stopped because they do not have sufficient protection or there are no permits that allow them to operate in a serene manner in a highly dangerous territory. And so the investigations have stalled and the story of what really happened to Luca is still to be written “.

“There are three lines of investigation into the story that cost the life of my son Luca, the carabiniere Vittorio Iacovacci and the driver of the convoy Mustapha Milambo: two – completely stranded – must reconstruct the dynamics of what happened, so find out what ‘is behind the ambush of February 22, 2021; the other is aimed at ascertaining the responsibility of the World Food Program and sees two people under investigation “, the WFP security manager Mansour Luguru Mwagaza and the deputy director of the Wfp in Kinshasa, the Italian Rocco Leone. The WFP “wants to appeal to a sort of immunity for the two people under investigation, and it is nothing short of immoral for a body that defines itself as humanitarian. Faced with a triple murder, even if there were this immunity it would have to be canceled with respect to a story like this. serious”.

The immunity to which the ambassador’s father refers is the ‘diplomatic’ one, raised by the lawyers of the agency headed by the United Nations and rejected by the deputy prosecutor of Rome Sergio Colaiocco. An exception advanced by the WFP lawyers “which remains absolutely hypocritical, and which we consider immoral and out of place – insisted Attanasio – we hope that the Italian state does not genuflect to the claims of large organizations like this”.

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