The constant appearance of new facts and the leaking of news from the judiciary to the media concerning the murder of Carlo Giuliani has convinced us of the need to publish this article, even though it still lacks some of the video and audio material which will be available in a few days' time (this is why some of the links do not yet work). Our hope is that this inquiry, and the photos and the material which is presented here, will be analysed without prejudice. What is happening regarding Carlo Giuliani is an obvious insult to the truth and to reason which is uncannily similar to the "active loss of consciousness" which allegedly induced the anarchist Pinelli to fall out of the window of the local police headquarters in Milan in 1969.
Preamble This text is an attempt to shed light on the events which occurred in piazza Alimonda, in Genoa, during the counter-summit and demonstrations against the G8 summit on the 20th of July 2001, and which culminated in the death of Carlo Giuliani. This inquiry is based on two articles I published in "L'Ora" (a Sicilian newspaper) and in the "Sherwood Tribune" (www.sherwood.it). I have added new data and reflections to the latter and can now offer a series of photographic and video data and of audio material, some of which has never been made public and which has been catalogued for the first time. I have been able to do this thanks to Claudio and Sergio, to the excellent journalistic work carried out by Milena and to Luciano's ability and patience; my thanks go to all of them.
The author and those who have helped him in this inquiry do not aspire to possessing the truth about what took place in piazza Alimonda, but we are not ready to accept the pre-packaged "truth" offered by those who set the rules of the game.
I also believe, on the basis of the material I have seen and analysed, that Carlo Giuliani threw the fire extinguisher in legitimate defence against the "serious and imminent" danger represented by the pistol aimed from the Defender jeep and that whoever killed Giuliani committed a murderous act. I also believe that, as things stand, it is acceptable to doubt that the carabiniere Mario Placanica, a simple conscript, fired those shots. These convictions do not detract from the objective, analytical work we have carried out on the data we have collected, as we are deeply convinced that only the truth can restore a sense to the dramatic events which occurred in piazza Alimonda. Our hope is that everyone involved in the events which I will analyse make an effort to be as honest as we have tried to be.
Unfortunately, we cannot be sure of this. The many incongruent and contradictory official versions put this in doubt. The recent results of the reports carried out by forensic experts nominated by the judiciary, with their hypotheses of "dancing" or "intelligent" bullets, deepen our pessimism. This is why we will not even tackle the theory according to which the bullet "bounced" on a stone thrown by a demonstrator and thus unintentionally hit Giuliani, as it is simply unrealistic. Discussing the hypothesis of a slight deviation of the bullet in this inquiry, without objective data, would not change the substance of the analysis. We will thus leave the job of contesting this theory to the experts nominated by the Giuliani family's lawyers.
In this text I often refer to other inquiries and analyses dedicated to Carlo's death. As we shall see, we do not always agree with their conclusions, but we do share the same objective with them. These analyses are extremely important and we want to underline the fact that even when we disagree with them, our conclusions are the result of a constant dialogue with their authors, as we would never have written this text without them. I was also only able to write this inquiry thanks to Paolo's constant criticisms of the preceding texts. Sometimes he was in the right, and sometimes I was. I thus thank him, especially for the times when, according to my judgement, he was wrong.
On the other hand I cannot thank those, like the photographer Devin Asch, who possessed valuable material which could have been used by those seeking the truth, and refused to do hand it over to us. Asch only seems to be interested in protecting his copyright rights and not in collaborating with us; if he finally gave us his pictures in a format with a decent resolution many questions which have not yet been answered could finally be addressed and, hopefully, solved. My hope is that those who can lawfully do so intervene to establish the relevance, for the judiciary inquiry, of Asch's photos. When I first contacted him, Asch claimed that he wanted to be paid for his photos, and I believe he still has not changed his mind. This is perfectly lawful, but so is believing the opposite. Radio Sherwood and myself, however, cannot afford to satisfy his financial requests.
This inquiry is dedicated to Haidi's patient and inflexible steadfastness and to Giuliano, Elena and Fabrizio's courage. I feel honoured by their friendship and by the respect they have shown me. It is also dedicated to Carlo, a fighter butterfly.
The interviews which I held with Haidi, Giuliano and Elena are the preamble to all that follows.