Swedish "Cold case" reopened by Francesco Rubino after 28 years: first hearing in Italy

The trial on the Swedish 'Cold case' of Sargonia Dankha, the 21-year-old Swedish girl who disappeared in Linköping in 1995, opened on Friday 13 October at the Court of Imperia, in the region of Liguria. The Public Prosecutor's Office, which investigated the case, believes to have solid evidence against the victim's ex-boyfriend, the only defendant.

Crucial was the investigative work of our lawyer Francesco Rubino, head of the Corporate Criminal Liability Department, who was contacted by Sargonia's family two years ago hoping to find the truth about her disappearance. 

A few days before the hearing, Mr. Rubino declared to Corriere della Sera, Italy's most authoritative newspaper: "The hearing on 13 October finally opens the trial of this terrible 'cold case'. Despite the serious evidence against Aldobrandi, who was in a swinging relationship with the girl at the time, the Swedish authorities were unable to try him for murder in the absence of the victim's body. In these respects, the Swedish judicial system is very different from ours. I believe that the Public Prosecutor's Office in Imperia did an excellent job and that the cooperation with the Swedish authorities was excellent. Sargonia's mother will also speak at the hearing on 13 October. With this act, she intends to show the desire for justice of a family that has been waiting for the truth since 1995"

The news was reported by the major local and national newspapers, including Il Corriere della Sera, which, in addition to reporting Mr. Rubino's comment, interviewed the family who had travelled to Imperia to attend the first hearing.

The next hearing will be held on Wednesday 8 November and the offended parties will be heard: Sargonia's mother and brother.


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