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Rome mayor calls for exemplary punishment for two arsonists

'Full gravity' of crime to be addressed says Alemanno

Rome mayor calls for exemplary punishment for two arsonists

(ANSA) - Rome, August 24 - Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno on Friday called for two Italian arsonists arrested Thursday in the capital city to receive exemplary punishment, amid weeks of havoc wreaked by flames across Italy's territory. "We need exemplary punishment for the two people arrested for arson," Alemanno said. "Setting areas alight is a crime that needs to be evaluated in its full gravity". Alemanno added it was "rare for the culprits to be caught in action, and because of this, they need to served with exemplary punishment". One of the two Italians had lit a fire in the Spinaceto area, whilst the other, a 57-year-old, had set fire to dry bushes close to Rome's main southbound Cristoforo Colombo road. The second man was found to be carrying three lighters when the police arrested him, and had been reported for similar incidents in the past. On Thursday Italy's forest guard said it worked on putting out 135 fires across Italy. Two other people were reported to the police for fire-starting Thursday, one in the northern town of Imperia and the other in the southern town of Potenza.

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