The two women, believed to be the main suspects in the anti-captive operation "Ponos", remain in prison. For three other suspects house arrest was arranged, for two the obligation to stay in the Municipality of residence and for only one of those arrested the only obligation to sign was applied.
These are the decisions of the investigating judge Stefano Zammuto who filed the order the day after the interrogations. The detention was not validated for any of the eight detained because the magistrate considered that there was no danger of escape, the only requirement that justifies it. At the same time, however, considering that there was a solid circumstantial picture, he applied precautionary measures for all.
Vera Cicakova, from Slovakia, 59 years old and her daughter Veronika, 37, held at the head of the organization, remain in prison. Order of house arrest for three suspects: Rosario Ninfosì, 52, of Palma di Montechiaro; Rosario Burgio, 42, of San Cataldo and Inna Kozak, 26, Ukrainian, still sought after. Obligation to stay in the municipality of residence to the Romanian Neculai Stan of 62 years and Vasile Mihu of 43 years. Finally, the simple obligation of daily signature was arranged for the pizza maker Emilio Lombardino, 46 years old of Porto Empedocle, who admitted to having been paid to transport the exploited workers with the “loading” van, for a gain of 3 euros for each worker, up to twenty people piled on the vehicle that has a capacity of six passengers.
The defenders of the suspects (lawyers Daniele Re, Francesco Scopelliti, Giovanni Pace, Salvatore Loggia and Salvatore Manganello) will now be able to appeal to the review court.
The detainees – as part of the investigation into the phenomenon of illegal hiring in the countryside between Campobello di Licata, Naro, Canicattì, Favara, Palma di Montechiaro, but also Riesi and Mazzarino – were carried out by the carabinieri of the provincial command of Agrigento and those of the core labor inspectorate. The prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio and the prosecutor Gloria Andreoli coordinate the investigation.
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