Italian anarchist on prison hunger strike
Supporters are warning that Italian anarchist militant Alfredo Cospito is in danger of dying in prison after more than a month on hunger strike. Cospito, being held at Bancali prison in Sassari, Sardinia, began his hunger strike Oct. 20 to protest the inhumane conditions he faces under Article 41-bis of the Italian legal code, with harsh restrictions on his mobility and communication with loved ones, and no prospects for a review of his life sentence. The European Court of Human Rights in 2019 ruled that Article 41-bis, designed for terrorist and Mafia-related cases, violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
Cospito is charged in a May 2012 attack on an industrialist in Genoa. Roberto Adinolfi—senior executive of engineering group Ansaldo Nucleare, a division of aerospace and defense giant Finmeccanica (now named Leonardo)—was shot in the leg by a gunman on a motorbike. A group called the "Olga Nucleus" of the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) claimed responsibility for the attentat. (Dinamo Press, Napoli Monitor, Jurist, Enough14, BBC News)