A freeze frame from a Foggia police video of the alleged assaults | Photo: ANSA/State Police
A freeze frame from a Foggia police video of the alleged assaults | Photo: ANSA/State Police

Three young men were placed under house arrest on hate crime charges in Foggia, Italy, after they allegedly attacked foreigners whilst using racial slurs.

The three young men, aged 19 and 20, from Foggia in Puglia, southeastern Italy, were placed under house arrest on September 22 by a preliminary investigative judge in the Court of Foggia. They were charged with committing serious personal injury for the purpose of ethnic and racial hate.

Three minors -- who allegedly were also involved in the attacks -- were issued citations and are not being held in custody.

The suspects allegedly committed assaults in the Piazza Mercato in the historic center of Foggia on August 22 and September 4. They reportedly beat up two foreigners and one minor and used racial insults against them.

Racial slurs during assault

Investigators said that on the night between August 21 and 22, one of the suspects -- along with the five other young men -- assaulted a group of young men, lashing out with particular violence against a foreigner, using discriminatory phrases and hitting the victim with kicks and punches to the face and various parts of the body.

On the same evening, other young men from the same group allegedly beat up a peer with kicks and punches that led to a facial head trauma and ruptured his nasal bones. They reportedly also used racist insults during the attack.

On September 4, the same group of young men allegedly attacked a minor, reportedly causing a blunt head trauma, trauma of the nasal pyramid, fracture of the left orbital bone, and injuries to the left eye.

 

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