Somali's conviction for Ilaria Alpi murder reversed (2)

Hassan served 16 years for crime he did not commit

Somali's conviction for Ilaria Alpi murder reversed (2)

Perugia, October 19 - A Perugia court on Wednesday reversed the conviction of Somali national Omar Hashi Hassan for the 1994 murder in Mogadishu of Italian reporter Ilaria Alpi and cameraman Miran Hrovatin. Earlier on Wednesday prosecutor Dario Razzi told the court Hassan "did not commit" the crime he served 16 years in jail for. He was the only person convicted of the murders. Hassan rejoiced with friends and relatives when the ruling was read out. Alpi's mother Luciana, who backed Hassan's battle against the miscarriage of justice, was among those in court. 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".

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