Turetta with his ex-girlfriend whom he is accused of murdering.

Turetta to be extradited to Italy


Filippo Turetta, the 22-year-old engineering student accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, will be extradited to Italy. Sources say a German court has ordered the extradition.

A German court has mandated the extradition of Filippo Turetta to Italy on suspicions of voluntary homicide linked to the femicide of his ex-girlfriend Giulia Cecchettin on November 11, according to reliable sources on Wednesday.

The court’s decision will be conveyed to the justice ministry, which, in turn, will direct the interior ministry to facilitate Turetta’s transfer to Italy. Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani conveyed the news on X, formerly Twitter. They expressed gratitude to the German justice system for its prompt action and acknowledging the efforts of the embassy and law enforcement agencies involved.

Turetta, a 22-year-old biomedical engineering student at Padua University, shared his academic pursuit with Cecchettin. He was apprehended near Leipzig on Sunday after evading authorities for over a week. Currently under investigation for voluntary homicide, the charges might escalate to premeditated murder based on forensics and his statements.

The case has stirred national shock, partly due to the youth of both the victim and the alleged perpetrator, and the gruesome nature of the crime. Italy observed a minute’s silence in schools on Tuesday in honour of Cecchettin. On Wednesday, the government will unveil a plan to incorporate relationship education into schools as a preventive measure against gender-based violence. It is one way to address the alarming rise in femicides in the country.

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