A memorial dedicated to Lassana Cisse, the man who was killed in cold blood in what is believed to be a racially-motivated attack, will be held at the Mosque in Paola this Thursday, 16th June, at 9.30am.
The memorial will see two of Malta’s religious leaders – Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Imam Mohammed El Sadi – as well as the Ivory Coast community, where Cisse is from, address the memorial, Newsbook reported.
Authorities had hinted at the memorial back in May as final preparations to repatriate the murdered man’s body were underway. Three years after his death, his body continues to remain on the island.
Though plans initially indicated that the body was set to be repatriated in May, it is now scheduled to be sent back to the Ivory Coast in the last week of June.
The 42-year-old father of three was gunned down on 6th April 2019.
Cisse was killed after being shot by two off-duty soldiers – Francesco Fenech and Lorin Scicluna – while walking home on a Ħal Far road after watching a football match with some friends. The pair were eventually granted bail and are not currently in custody.
Cisse’s body was released for burial by the courts in January 2020 and was set to make the long journey back home to Kuomassi, in the Ivory Coast’s south Abidjan region.
That year, the government had told Lovin Malta that it was committed to paying for Cisse’s body to be returned home, with former Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo saying that the government would also pay for a person to accompany the body.
Cover photo inset: Frank Vincentz
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