Justice triumphs


How long have we been working in this blog for the return of the rule of law without ever getting a result? This is why we can and must celebrate it today.Today that justice, the real one, the one that doesn't hesitate when bumping into anyone, not even a 10 year old child, the constant justice of the pardon, has found its day of glory.
An array of police and plain clothes agents surrounded the dangerous Convent of Sant Oyen in Valle D'Aosta.They picked up a little Bielorussian girl called Maria.They took her to the airport and they sent her back to her country urgently.
Maria had threatened suicide, but Bielorussia was waiting for her. She will be housed in her old welcoming orphanage in Vilejka where, according to the couple from Genoa that want to adopt her, she has been subject to incredible violence. I am sure that our Minister of Justice will send inspectors to do the appropriate checks.
The couple that have looked after her, have applied to the Appeal Court in Genoa to keep Maria in Italy.But they didn't even wait for their decision before putting her on the plane. The number of non-Europeans has now been reduced by one.
Perhaps one day she'll come back to our country.Who knows, we'll find her along one of the roads of a city, imported by the mafia of the East. May God go with you Maria.

P.S. A Boy from Sardinia is asking for our help. He's called Roberto and he's suffering from metachromatic leukodystrophy . His website is www.proroberto.it

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Mr. Grillo: Your post regarding the little girl is well-written. However, I must gently remind you that Belarus is indeed part of Europe, which technically extends to the Ural mountains. It is very common for Western Europeans to think that Europe ends at the outskirts of Vienna. In fact, it stretches east for a few hundred miles more.

Posted by: Andrew Dahl | October 9, 2006 05:12 PM

Maria Consuelo, probably what happened in this case was the most tactless, inhumane and gross manner of handling the defenders of the rights of a little girl and the little girl herself much the same as criminals.

All the talk we heard of consisted of "diplomatic incident" and that famous blackmail hint by the Belarus ambassador that permissions to Italians to adopt orphans may be stopped.

Individuals who genuinely have the interests of children at heart were not consulted, nor was a real effort made to resolve this matter in a dignified way. My mind is boggled as to the role of the SIX women ministers in the Cabinet who seem to have remained still and seated without batting an eyelid. They could have done much more instead of remaining silent.

I had honestly hoped for more but, perhaps, I expect too much from the politicians of this country. How disheartening and frustrating.

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | October 6, 2006 12:24 AM

Since ive heard about this case i was higly alarmed as five years ago AMNESTY INTRNATIONAL IRELAND was starting a campaign against violation of human rights in RUSSIA.
In october 2002 members were being made aware that all satellite countries'citizens would be going through hard times for VISAS and PASSPORTS reasons.
Two years ago, as BELARUS was starting not to issuing VISAS to the children affected by the burst of the CHERNOBYL plant, ADI ROCHE's NGO (CHERNOBYL CHILDREN PROJECT) was able to avoid it from happening.
Joselle was saying that in the UK things like this would not happen, and ADI ROCHE put up a huge and brave fight for the hundreds of BELARUS kids to keep on visiting their Irish Foster Families as it has happened for the last 20 years.
Is the Italian Diplomacy blind?
Why are ordinary people hopeless and helpless?
Why do we allow politics to play with people's lives.

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | October 3, 2006 10:00 PM

Yes Enrico, true in part... I was questioning where the REAL diplomats are, the ones who work incessantly in the interest of others, not the ones we know so well.

Of course, I think I know the answer to my own question, though.

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | October 2, 2006 08:14 PM

Joselle, the diplomats are "culo e camicia" with the politicians that appointed them. Diplomats spend for the most part useless lives in the constant preoccupation of how to best indulge in the wine and dine life of the diplomatic circles. In other words they are nothing but pompous rubber stampers.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | October 2, 2006 07:07 PM

As always, children suffer and are the voiceless party with adults meddling with their life and potential, thinking they know better. Yeah, know better my foot!

I still cannot understand from the whole hoolabaloo on the news whether the Italian government asked for GUARANTEES about Maria and OTHER children. Where the friggin' hell is UNICEF in such issues and why wasn't it brought in to mediate on the issue?

The Ambassador of Ukraine in Italy only made an asshole of himself, with his apparent phlegm but I assure you what these jerks needed was a MASSIVE outburst and one of those important International Court of Justice cases which, in the meantime, would have taken Maria to a NEUTRAL and threat free place, and to be able to investigate the claims. I still think the legal advisor of these two parents did not do his homework well.

Shame on whoever is responsible for this mess. OK Paola, I agree with you only in part though (no offence meant, OK!) So we have heard Maria's story on the news; she is an orphan, she found love in a home, two wonderful adoptive parents who wanted to sustain her and nurture her with love.

In the case of violence, sexual abuse and psychological blackmail, I am sorry to say, exceptions prevail. The bureaucratic part can come in later. You have no idea how many orphans from Kosovo, Croatia and Slovenia have been adopted ad hoc in Britain for these reasons. Papers and documents were sought afterwards and matters were settled legally through diplomacy.

Again, I ask, where the friggin' hell were the Diplomats to seek a REAL solution in this case? By any chance, do we have some diplomats in our country and abroad? Do you sincerely believe that sending this girl back to "the homeland that was anxiously waiting for her" the problem has been solved? Oh no, not at all, but I have to keep reminding myself that for politicians, children ARE NOT important because they do not vote. In fact, that is why the recent budget is even promoting cuts in funds for education. It can't get better, it can only get worse.

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | October 2, 2006 06:32 PM

Raffa, you are correct and I am 100% with you.
Adoption procedures stink and only something radical would change them.
I can understand the authorities' "concern" regarding the families, children are supposed to be given to, but that would be the issue only if institutions that take care of orphans functioned properly, and between two equally good environments the question would be which one suited best the needs of the specific child.
Unfortunately this is only in our dreams... that's why we end up discussing such cases as Maria's....:o(

Posted by: paola filinesi | October 2, 2006 01:18 PM

Paola, I understand your point of view, but I dont want to make an exception in Maria's case, I whish a change in the general way of going about foster care and adoptions.
Children, have no voice in the proceedings, their feelings and whishes are irrelevant, other people are deciding for them, always with best intentions obviously, but these "best intentions" could be a emotional tragedy for the children, and nobody takes care to them.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | October 2, 2006 12:00 PM

I agree with your comments in principal;
However,Maria's case is one of a thousand or more that happen every day every where....it happens that this one made it to the news.
I might sound cruel (you know I am not) but I think it is wrong to make such a big issue out of this specific case.
Can you imagine what will happen if Maria is given the right to return without following proper procedure, not only in Italy but elsewhere too??
There are exceptions to the rule ,but if we carry on like this we will end up with "the exceptions making the rules"....

Posted by: paola filinesi | October 2, 2006 10:52 AM

According to italian government & their propaganda outlet, the media;

Italians are in Afghanistan advising on democracy, government and justice.

Just what the Afghans needed; made in Italy! helping themselves.

Posted by: Marcia Visanji | October 2, 2006 10:29 AM

Jokes on the Carabinieri to explain why this happened:

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | October 2, 2006 02:22 AM

Right! And in the name of this phrase the worst crimes had been committed.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | October 2, 2006 02:10 AM


You remember the comments made by the Nazis at Nuernberg?

"It's not my fault! I was jus following orders!"

This will be the main excuse that our keepers of Justice will tell us.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | October 2, 2006 01:59 AM

This story is very sad.
The worst is that nobody (neither the Ucraine Gorverment, nor italian justice) took care to Maria's whishes and feelings.
I heard a lot about this case: many people said that Maria's story about violences in the Orphanage was imaginary. May be, but it's not important at all!
I think this poor child found love, care and kindness by this italian family, taking she away from this to return in the orphanage inferno was a cruelty.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | October 2, 2006 01:53 AM


This is the classic example of somebody that steals an apple because is hungry and gets arrested.

I would appreciate from the Italian Government and the Italian Justice, Police and Carabinieri the same zeal in securing bigger outlaws away from our society.

Instead, we have the same complacent authorities looking the other way and building examples for the Italian population by arresting people that cannot defend themselves, like this kid.

Very good job, dear Carabinieri! Another dangerous and vicious outlaw has been apprehended!
Don't these corps realize that are just bullying the weak and letting the thieves and assassins getting away with murder?

Why Vittorio Emanuele is free? Why Previti is free?

Why only the small citizen must pay?

Do those men working in the Carabinieri Corps have an opinion of their own or are they just confirming their stupidity featured in their jokes?

Another thing must be said about the witness that reported Maria to the Authorities: would this person feel the same responsibility about reporting on bigger criminals or just about kids?
If I were this person I would never sleep quietly at night.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | October 2, 2006 01:34 AM

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