It ends in total silence the incident in which a driver of Tper (the public transport in the region of Emilia Romagna) was denounced by an 18-year-old Italo-Moroccan girl, Hajar Tellage. The girl was beaten by the driver on 27 th April 2015, at the terminal of bus 98, on the Bologna-Castel Maggiore route. The man has received by the prosecutor the notice of the end of investigation.
Initially, he was accused of the crime of grievous bodily harm (for having committed abuses of power while performing a public service). Following the investigation conducted by the prosecution, he has also been charged with “reasons of racial discrimination”, in addition to the accusation of injury, threats and insults. The accusation has been corroborated by several depositions collected by the police. This allowed to make the girl’s report credible and close the investigation in few months.
The novelty in the notice is the recognition of an aggravating factor for racism, caused by the words pronounced by the driver against the girl. These words have been reported in the count of the indictment by the prosecutor: “Now I’ll send you all to the hospital (the man said to Hajar and her friends who were with her) … now I’ll give you a slap … fuc…monkey, go back where you came from”. After the insult, the man hit the girl with two slaps and kicked her in the abdomen, which caused, according to the medical reports, “a contusion to the spine and abdomen with haemorrhage of adipose tissue subcutaneous”. The incident was strongly condemned by the Tper leaders, who immediately suspended the driver. But the man has claimed that he defended himself from the aggression of the two teenagers and hit the girl just to get her away from him. Now, it is for the court to assess the prosecution and defense in the next preliminary hearing. However, it remains an incident of absurd and disproportionate violence.