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Deportees on Alitalia flight with taped mouths

Italian film director posts picture on Facebook

18 April, 18:19
Deportees on Alitalia flight with taped mouths (ANSA) - Rome, April 18 - A photo of two Tunisian men being deported from Italy on an Alitalia flight, their mouths sealed with duct tape and their hands cuffed with plastic bands, was posted by Italian film director Francesco Sperandeo on Facebook Wednesday.

Under the picture showing a policeman in street clothes standing over a seated man with his mouth taped, Sperandeo commented that the worst part of the incident was "the indifference of the other passengers".

Sperandeo said that he was ordered to return to his seat by police when he requested that the deportees be treated humanely and was told that the methods used were "normal".