Lorenzo Tondo has discovered that two phone calls have been transcribed in the files of the Palermo Public Prosecutor’s Office with one of his sources. Presented a statement to the OdG
On November 10, 2017 the journalist Lorenzo Tondo, collaborator of the British newspaper The Guardian, during a trial that took place in Palermo, discovered that he had been wiretapped twice while on the phone with his informant, an Eritrean boy who acts as interpreter, with whom he was setting a meeting to make a documentary on human traffickers. The wiretap was carried out in the context of the investigation by the Palermo prosecutor who, in May 2016, led to the arrest of an alleged trafficker of men, the Eritrean Medhanie Yehdego Mered. The two conversations date back to February and March 2017.
“Those conversations have no investigative relevance,” explains Tondo to Ossigeno. “I wonder, in this case, is it correct to transcribe a wiretap by a journalist? It only implies that my source will vanish and my work discredited”. On November 11th, the journalist presented a complaint to the National OdG to submit the case.
Tondo has learned that he was wiretapped after a trial hearing against Medhanie Yehdego Mered, which took place in the bunker hall of the Ucciardone prison in Palermo, when he went to the chancellery and found that his papers also had his first name.
According to what he himself wrote on Facebook on November 11, the investigators would have tapped him assuming that his source was in contact with the trafficker Mered.