The story of the two American female students who reported being raped by two carabinieri on duty in Florence on the night of Sept. 6 was “extremely probable,” and the two Americans, 19 and 21 years old, are not “scheming,” said Judge Mario Profeta at the preliminary hearing.
Either Monday or Tuesday, Profeta is expected decide on the date of the probative hearing requested by the public prosecutor investigating the case, Ornella Galeotti, to record the deposition of the victims. The two women, who have returned to the United States, may testify on Nov. 10, in a teleconference if they are not able to go back to Italy.
The first request for probationary hearing was rejected due to a technical issue raised by the defense lawyers of the two carabinieri. In the special order, the judge recalls the story — as the local newspapers reported it — and defines “the hypothesis that sexual intercourse was consumed against the two girls’ will, or without any conscious and perceptible consensus from them,” is extremely probable.