Domenico Lucano, mayor of Riace, the people of southern Italy model of integration, was released on Tuesday, but was banned from residency in this town, after being accused of favoring illegal immigration, local media reported today .
Lucano appeared before a court to decide whether to extend the house arrest that began on October 2, when he was accused of irregularity in the attribution of the garbage collection service and in the management of the reception system for asylum seekers through marriages of convenience.
On the other hand, the judge decided to revoke the residency ban in Riace, in the Calabria region, of Tesfahun Lemlem, sentimental couple of the mayor, with the obligation to appear twice a day at the police station.
Upon entering the Tribunal, Lucano said that "Riace represents an idea that goes against the civilization of barbarism."
He said that "even without public contributions we will continue with the same, alone, because over the years we have built support for integration that makes a difference".
The mayor is the promoter of an applauded reception system for asylum seekers in a town that registered serious depopulation.
The integration model implemented in Riace could disappear after the decision of the Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, to move asylum seekers staying in that town of Calabria to other parts of the country.
Although afterwards, he explained that the transfer will be voluntary and that no one would be forced to leave the country.