23.02.2012 0

Provence & Côte d’Azur: “I’m ready to go all the way so that justice is achieved”

Gabriel Iacono stages hunger strike

Gabriel Iacono has begun a major hunger strike today in Grasse calling for “the immediate and final freedom” of his grandfather, who he claims was falsely accused by his own words and who is "totally innocent". The stage-off follows a decision by Grasse prosecutors last week to appeal the decision to set the former Mayor of Vence free.

The 21-year-old began his hunger strike this morning at 10.30am outside the tribunal court in Grasse, where he claims he will remain until justice is served.

A swarm of journalists and bystanders waited in anticipation as Iacono got ready to say his piece to the world. “I’m ready to go all the way so that justice is achieved,” he declared, adding “I don’t understand the determination of the prosecution.”

Prosecutors in Grasse appealed the decision to set his grandfather Christian Iacono free on Thursday 16th February. The former Mayor of Vence therefore remains behind bars and must wait for a new hearing in order to clear his name.

The 77-year-old was convicted in 2009 for the rape of his grandson Gabriel, accusations that the boy had maintained for 11 years but later retracted in 2011.

Sarah Lloyd

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