Italian prisoner shoots rivals with weapon “smuggled in by drone” | Italy
An Italian prisoner shot fellow inmates through the bars of their cells with a weapon allegedly smuggled in by drone.
The 28-year-old, who has ties to the Neapolitan mafia, fired three shots on Sunday at prisoners he had argued with, but without injuring them, said Donato Capece, the union chief of the Sappe prison.
The man had been granted permission to leave his cell to take a shower, and once the door was opened he pulled out the gun and pointed it at a guard, forcing him to hand over his keys to the other cells, said Capece.
Unable to open the cells of his enemies, the inmate instead shot through the bars.
The man then used an illegal cell phone to call his lawyer, who advised him to hand over his gun to authorities at the high-security prison, about 100 km southeast of the capital, Rome.
“We assume the weapon arrived by drone,” Capece said.
The incident was the latest in a series that has raised concerns about the mismanagement of cramped prisons in Italy.
The country has the most frequented prisons in the European Union, with 120 inmates for 100 places, against 115 in France and 70.8 in Spain, according to a 2020 Council of Europe report.
Italian prisons came under scrutiny in June, when footage of institute guards beating inmates with batons in apparent reimbursement for protests during the first coronavirus lockdown.
The Uipla Prison Guards Union called on the government to set up a crisis unit after the shooting, saying the prison system was “out of control”.