Suspect detained for Turin councillor shooting
Alberto Musy still in coma after March attack30 January, 18:00
Police said that Francesco Furchi, 50, who stood in 2011 council elections in the same coalition that supported Musy's unsuccessful bid to become mayor of Turin was their prime suspect.
Originally from the town of Ricadi in Calabria, Furchi is the president of the cultural association Magna Grecia Millenium supporting tourism and products from the southern regions of Calabria, Sicily, Basilicata and Puglia.
Investigators said that they suspect Musy's failure to do favors for Furchi was the driving force behind his action.
"Principally there are three motives - Furchi sought but was refused professorship at the Palermo university, he was not nominated for a Turin city council position after supporting Musy's campaign and Musy did not procure investors for Furchi's business activities," head investigator Giancarlo Caselli said.
"Furchi blames Musy for all of these failures," he said. Furchi faces charges of premeditated murder.
Musy, a member of the centrist UDC party and a father of four, has been in a coma since the attack.
The labour lawyer was shot by a person waiting in the courtyard of the building where the councillor lives in central Turin after he had taken his children to school.
Closed-circuit video footage showed the suspect near to the scene dressed in dark clothes and wearing a motorcycle helmet. Before falling into a coma, Musy said the attacker was a man of around 40.