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Assistance for Italian nationals abroad

Some media organisations are reporting news on two cases involving Italian nationals abroad which the Foreign Ministry has been dealing with in recent weeks.

The Farnesina, including through the Italian Embassy in Cuba, is following developments in the case of Mr Simone Pini – currently serving a 25-year prison sentence handed down in that country for murder and offences involving children. Mr Pini has asked to serve his sentence in Italy. In accordance with the Agreement between the Italian Republic and the Republic of Cuba on the enforcement of criminal convictions, the Embassy is taking every opportunity in its meetings with the Cuban authorities to bring the issue to their attention and obtain authorisation for Mr Pini to be transferred to an Italian prison. The Embassy is also providing all possible assistance to our fellow national.

In the case of the tragic death of Mr Matteo Mosconi in Palma de Mallorca on 11 August 2013, the Consulate General in Barcelona has received news that Mr Mosconi was clinically dead on admission to hospital on the island. The Spanish authorities are currently investigating the cause of death.

Ever since the Consulate General was informed of the death, it has provided constant help to Mr Mosconi’s relatives, in close coordination with an associate of the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Palma. This associate helped trace Mr Mosconi’s relations and has pressed for the paperwork for the return of his body to Italy to be completed as quickly as possible. The delay reported in the press was caused by the low number of flights authorised to carry out such transfers during the month of August.