Interior min. migrant head's wife in gangmaster probe

Official Michele di Bari resigns

13 December, 09:00

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, DEC 13 - The head of the interior ministry's department for civil liberties and immigration, Michele Di Bari, has stepped down over his wife's implication in a gangmastering case in the Puglia city of Foggia, the interior ministry confirmed on Friday, December 10. Overall 16 people, including Rosalba Bisceglia, are under investigation. Five suspects have been arrested in the probe.

    Rosalba Livrerio Bisceglia, wife of the migration head at the Italian interior ministry is under investigation in the Puglia city of Foggia for gangmastering, judicial sources said Friday, December 10. The official whose wife has been implicated, Michele di Bari, head of the department for civil liberties and immigration, resigned after the case became public. The interior ministry confirmed in a statement that prefect Di Bari "has resigned" and that his resignation was immediately accepted by Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese. Di Bari's wife was among 16 people placed under investigation by Foggia prosecutors. Five people have been arrested in the probe.

    Three of them have been placed under house arrest, and the other two taken to jail. The woman, 55-year-old Rosalba Livrerio Bisceglia, is a controlling partner in a family-run farm based at Foggia. It is one of the 10 firms under investigation.

    Two foreign citizens, one from Senegal and the other from Gambia, were jailed while three others were placed under house arrest . The other 11 people under investigation, including the wife of prefect Di Bari, were ordered to report to authorities.

    The investigation focused on the period between July and October 2020 and included 10 farms connected to some of those under investigation.

    The charges against her and all those involved in the case include illegal intermediation and labor exploitation.

    Investigators said many foreign farm laborers from Africa were exploited in the countryside of the Capitanata area near Foggia.

    All lived in the notorious shantytown of Borgo Mezzanone, an encampment hosting about 2,000 people in dire living conditions and in a state of need.

    (A Carabinieri police operation in the province of Foggia: Photo: ANSA/Ufficio stampa Carabinieri). (ANSAmed).

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