Italy's pro-refugee mayor Domenico Lucano arrested

October, 2018

The mayor of an Italian town known around the world as a model of integration has been put under house arrest for aiding illegal migration.

Domenico Lucano, who has been the mayor of the southern Italian town of Riace since 2004, is also accused of unlawful conduct in assigning contracts for rubbish collection services.

Lucano's partner, Tesfahun Lemlem, was banned from living in the town under the same charges.

The arrest on October 2 morning came amid a government inquiry into the allocation of funds for refugees in the town.

Italy's populist government has adopted a hardline stance on migration controls in recent months.

Source: Aljazeera