Father and son arrested over Pakistani’s murder

The father of a 17-year-old who was arrested for allegedly beating a homeless Pakistani man to death in the Torpignattura district of Rome has also been arrested for complicity to murder and threatening witnesses.

Father and son arrested over Pakistani's murder
The father was arrested on Tuesday for complicity to murder and threatening witnesses. Police car photo: Shutterstock

The man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with complicity to murder 28-year-old Khan Muhamad Shanzad, a homeless man from Pakistan who had an Italian residence permit,on September 18th, Ansa reported.

According to police, the father was so annoyed by the behaviour of the homeless man that he insulted him from his window, before throwing a bottle and urging his son to beat the man to death.

He is also accused of threatening witnesses of the crime.

The man’s 17-year-old son has already been arrested for the crime and is currently being held in prison, where he faces charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Speaking to police after the incident, the son claimed he had got into a fight with the man after he spat at him in the street.

“I was walking home when I saw the Pakistani man who was drunk and annoying passersby,” the boy was quoted as saying. “When I walked passed him he spat at me, so I reacted.”

Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to revive the victim.

The victim, identified as 28-year-old Khan Muhamad Shanzad from Pakistan, was reportedly homeless but had an Italian residence permit.

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Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.