Perugia

Reverse Somali's conviction for Alpi murder-prosecutor

Hashi Hassan only person sentenced over reporter, cameraman

Reverse Somali's conviction for Alpi murder-prosecutor

Perugia, October 19 - A prosecutor on Wednesday called on a Perugia court to reverse the conviction of Somali national Omar Hashi Hassan for the 1994 murder in Mogadishu of Italian reporter Ilaria Alpi and cameraman Miran Hrovatin. Prosecutor Dario Razzi said Hashi Hassan "did not commit" the crime he served 16 years in jail for. He was the only person convicted of the murders. "If it is true that Hassan was convicted, we must also have the courage to admit that he may be innocent," Razzi said. Alpi, 32, and Hrovatin, 45, were ambushed and shot in their jeep in Mogadishu by a seven-man commando on March 20, 1994. Last year, Ahmed Ali Rage, who also known as Gelle and was a key witness for the prosecution in the trial that led to the conviction - said that Hassan was "innocent". In June Rage told a new trial that he "never told anyone" Hassan was part of the murder commando. Hassan was released to the custody of social services last year with 10 years to go on his 26-year sentence.

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