Thursday, 15 November 2007

Italian policeman charged

An Italian policeman has been charged with murder following the shooting of a Lazio fan.

The incident happened last Sunday when police intervened to break up a clash between rival football supporters at a motorway service station.

Lazio fan Gabriele Sandri, 26, was shot dead as police attempted to break up the violence. Authorities described the incident at the time as a 'tragic mistake'.

However, Luigi Spaccarotella - the policeman responsible for the shooting of Sandri - has now been charged with Sandri's murder.

"It is an unforgivable act because the gun is a last resort," said chief prosecutor Ennio Di Cicco.

Asked whether he would accuse Spaccarotella of murder instead of manslaughter, Di Cicco said: "It's a given".

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