His wife was killed in the attack in Nice: “The family will not be there at the trial in Paris”

The trial for the Nice massacre began yesterday in Paris, the terrorist attack which, on 14 July 2016, killed 86 people and injured over 450. Six Italian victims including Carla Gaveglio di Piasco. On the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian, sowed death and terror for nearly two minutes, throwing the truck he drove over the crowds gathered for the fireworks and national holiday concerts. He was killed in the minutes following the attack by the police.

The defendants in the trial are eight, seven men and one woman, there are 865 people who have filed a civil action. “We have chosen not to appear in the trial – explains Piero Massardi, widower of Carla Gaveglio – we are in contact with a victims’ association based in Turin and we have understood that for the purposes of the decision it changes little whether or not it is within the trial” .

Carla was 48 years old and had two children, Mattia at the time seventeen and Matilde, 14, involved in the attack and was seriously injured. Today Mattia is 24 years old and works as a wood craftsman while Matilde, in her twenties, studies at the university. “I had to replace Carla for my children and over time I became more pragmatic – comments Piero -, what happened taught me not to postpone, what needs to be done, you do”.

That evening of 2016 Piero was on business in Bassano del Grappa and Carla on the promenade with Matilde and other friends of Piasco. The girl underwent a series of surgeries already in France, immediately after the attack. «The French institutions have been fast and faithful to their commitments, even in the compensation – he continues -. With the process it is expected that an adjustment from the Italian State will arrive ».

The defendants are people close to Lahouaiej-Bouhlel or alleged intermediaries accused of providing him with trucks and weapons. Three of them, Ramzi Kevin Arefa, Chokri Chafroud and Mohamed Ghraieb, are accused of conspiracy for terrorism. The other 5, Maksim Celaj, Endri Elezi, Artan Henaj, Brahim Tritou and Enkeledja Zace, must answer for arms trafficking. In the box, the accused will be 3, another 4 will appear under liberty, the eighth, Brahim Tritrou, is wanted after violating his probation but the lawyer claims that he is in prison in Tunisia.

Loredana Bonaventura is the Turin contact person for the association for the victims of terrorism. On July 14, 2016, she was on the promenade with her daughter Fabiana who was 10 years old. Both unharmed but with many psychological wounds. “We have been recognized as victims of terrorism but at the level of compensation we are waiting and for years I have waged a battle so that there is clarity on this from the Italian State – she says – she. France has behaved commendably while the Farnesina continues to postpone. We do not feel protected by Italy: the French compensation has been canceled from the Italian one, of which only an advance has been received for now. There is no formal declaration that it was a terrorist attack: it will come with the sentence of this trial ”.

«We hope that we can put an end to the story – concludes Massardi -, after 5 surgeries Matilde has recovered well. Me, you and Mattia have managed to form a good team ».

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