Italy: Arrests made over Moroccan women's murder
last update: July 30, 12:53
Bari, 30 July (AKI) - Police in the southern Italian city of Bari on Monday said they had arrested three people suspected of murdering a 30-year-old Moroccan woman in April last year.
Lakbira el Hayj was shot dead in her flat in the town of Canosa di Puglia northwest of Bari on 30 April 2011, but investigators believe her killers' real target was her Italian partner, 50-year-old Cosimo Damiano Pastore.
During police questioning, one of the three suspected killers, Pasquale Di Nunno, 70, claimed Pastore had robbed him of 126,000 euros.
Besides Di Nunno, the other two suspects in the murder are his business partners 33-year-old Pietro Lamarra and 43-year-old Nicola Dello Russo, all from Canosa di Puglia.
Di Nunno decided to kill Pastore and Dello Russo obtained the pistol used in the raid on the apartment. Pastore was in the apartment at the time, but managed to hide while el Hayj died in a hail of bullets.
Lamarra was arrested in Costa Rica, where he and the other two suspects had an import-export business. Police nabbed Dello Russo at Rome's Fiumicino airport as he attempted to join Lamarra in Costa Rica.
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