Statue of Madonna decapitated near Venice

Palestinian, 31, charged with offending religion

(ANSA) - VENICE, 26 NOV - A statue of the Madonna at Marghera near Venice had its head and hands lopped off overnight, police aid Thursday.
    A 31-year-old Palestinian has been arrested on charges of defacing the statue after being caught on CCTV.
    He has been charged with "offending a religious faith via damaging property".
    Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro issued a firm condemnation of a "cowardly act, aimed at wounding our sensibilities".
    The Palestinian is a regular immigrant with a refugee travel document issued by Belgium, police said. (ANSA).


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