Italian envoy asks bail on child abuse Charges
Former Italian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Daniele Bosio arrived for his Wednesday arraignment session in Biñan, Laguna wearing intravenous drip and appearing very weak. He appealed for bail after insisting his innocence on 6 counts of child abuse and human trafficking against 3 minors, which took place in April.
Bosio’s lawyer Romeo Lumagui said ‘We asked for the reversal of the ruling of the prosecutor [because] he (Bosio) was deprived of due process. He insists that he did nothing wrong, he did not violate any law.’
The session was suspended by Judge Theodore Solis after defense lawyers had appealed the charges and asked for a bail hearing. Bosio’s younger brother Andreas added that the diplomat had been feeling unwell since his detention and had kidney problems.
He revealed that Bosio had shared a cell no bigger than a garage with 80 other inmates before being transferred to a hospital on 14 May.
Sworn statements by the 3 boys recount that Bosio had ‘fondled their sex organs’ before they were taken to a resort in Biñan, where two witnesses alerted police after seeing Bosio acting inappropriately with the boys. With these evidences, prosecutor Agripino Baybay rejected Bosio’s argument that he was only acting compassionately toward the minors.
Bosio is known as a benefactor in a Christian-run school in a slum in Manila and does charitable work for kids. He has been suspended by the Italian foreign ministry after his arrest two months ago.