A courtroom in Naples | Photo: ANSA/CIRO FUSCO
A courtroom in Naples | Photo: ANSA/CIRO FUSCO

The case of a migrant defendant who appeared in court in Naples, Italy, without a shirt and barefoot has sparked a controversy. The migrant was given a shirt to cover up and a pair of shoes over an hour after the beginning of the hearing.

The young Nigerian man was on trial on Friday, June 7, for resisting a public officer and causing injury and damage. The defendant had allegedly kicked a number of policemen at the local immigration office. It took eleven officers to get him under control, investigators said. 

The man had reportedly been given clothes the night before the hearing but ripped them off in a fit of rage. 

One hour and a half after the beginning of the hearing, the man was given a shirt and shoes by police officers who had gone out to buy them for him.

'It's wrong to take a half-naked person to court' 

The president of the court of Naples, Ettore Ferrara, said: "I can't express a judgement if I don't have a complete report on what happened. In general, I can say that it is wrong to take a half-naked person to court, defying the most elementary form of respect of human dignity, regardless of whether the person is problematic. It must however be said that police officers brought a shirt for the detainee." 
 

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