Italian police identify man suspected of sending pig heads to synagogue

Police say that the 29-year-old suspect wished to found an anti-Semitic movement.

February 2, 2014 16:30
Tempio Maggiore: Rome's Great Synagogue

TEMPIO MAGGIORE: Rome’s Great Synagogue 311. (photo credit: Arthur Wolak)

Italian police have identified a far-right activist suspected of sending boxes containing severed pig heads to Rome’s main synagogue, the Israeli embassy and a Rome museum with a Holocaust exhibition.

Italian media reports identified the man as Ernesto Morosini, 29. Police told reporters that the suspect wanted to found an anti-Semitic movement and had sent the macabre packages to gain support.

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Police have opened an investigation against him for instigation of racial hatred.

Rome Jewish Community President Riccardo Pacifici issued a statement thanking the forces of order for “the speed and promptness” of “a job well done.”

The pig heads, delivered by a courier service, were discovered January 24, just days before International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27. 

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