Alfredo Cospito, who he is and what he did: why he is at 41 bis

On hunger strike for about 100 days

Anarchists are back in the streets tomorrow in Rome to demand the abolition of the 41 bis prison regime for Alfredo Cospito. Fifty-five years old, Cospito has been on hunger strike for about 100 days precisely to protest against the ‘hard prison’ regime to which he is subjected. But who is he and what did he do? Detained for over 10 years, in 2014 he was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months for having shot the CEO of Ansaldo Nucleare Roberto Adinolfi in the legs in 2012, an act claimed by the acronym Nucleo Olga Fai-Fri, Informal Anarchist Federation-International Revolutionary Front. Cospito is also accused of having planted two low-potential bombs near the Carabinieri School of Fossano (Cuneo), in the night between 2 and 3 June 2006.

Yesterday the anarchist was transferred from the Sassari prison to the Opera prison in Milan. The transfer was arranged in the face of an evolving clinical picture, so that the prisoner who – specifies the note – remains subject to the special prison regime referred to in article 41bis, is housed in a more suitable prison structure to guarantee all possible interventions necessary sanitary ware.

A few days ago Cospito was visited in the prison infirmary by Dr. Angelica Milia, who certified his precarious state of health: “All the values ​​are decreasing and there is a risk of cerebral edema. We are in a downward trend, a risky situation for his life,” explained the cardiologist. “Yesterday while he was taking a shower – added Milia – he fell to the ground and hit his face, broke his nose and was taken to the emergency room”.

Born in Pescara in 1967, Cospito is the first case of an anarchist under 41 bis, a provision introduced into the Italian penitentiary system with a law in 1986 as a tool to fight the mafias. He has been on hunger strike since 20 October: after six years under high security, 41 bis has been applied to him since April 2022.