Skip to Content

Ousseynou Sy. Screenshot from RAI1 news report

African who torched Italian schoolbus shows no remorse

The African from Senegal who hijacked a schoolbus in Italy, terrorizing 51 small children on board, is not going to apologize for what he did.

Published: March 23, 2019, 12:19 pm

    Read more

    He forcefully affirmed his act of torching the bus, and in fact, in front of the magistrates, explained his motives for the attack on the bus, Italian daily Il Giornale reported.

    “Repent? No repentance. It was something that I had to do and would do again. One hundred times. Why did I do it? To send a signal to Africa.”

    His shocking words conveyed just how determined the man was in executing his death plan. As another Italan daily Corriere della Sera noted, the words of Ousseynou Sy are a confirmation of the strategic outlook of the driver.

    He certainly does not even fear justice and the long legal process that he will have to face. “That’s nothing, I took it into account. I wanted a consequential gesture. The world had to talk about me,” he confided to his lawyer.

    His legal council believes his attitude is due to a mental infirmity. “In my judgment, he showed serious signs of imbalance, and the manner in which the investigating judge had to carry out the interrogation was aimed out verifying this aspect,” said the lawyer, Davide Lacchini.

    “To him, he was not interested in the national reaction, but the impact on an international level that his action could have. He wanted to go to Linate [Milan’s airport] alone. Today, as yesterday, he constantly repeated that he didn’t want to hurt the children.”

    But the preliminary investigations judge, however, said he had not seen any signs of mental imbalance. Milan prosecutors on Friday requested that Sy be kept behind bars, arguing that there is a danger he could try to do something similar if released.

    When Sy hijacked a bus at Crema near Cremona on Wednesday, he doused it with petrol before torching it. The children were saved after law enforcement intervened. Italy’s Ministry of Defence posted a tweet thanking authorities for rescuing the children.

    After the attack on the bus, he was detained in the San Vittore prison where other inmates pelted him with eggs and oranges on his arrival. One projectile landed against his cell.

    The other prisoners did not allow him to get any sleep either. He is located in the fifth corridor for protected prisoners, those who cannot be jailed together with the others. Inside the prison, criminals who attack children, receive an added penalty with which they have to contend on a daily basis.

    This rule has not changed for Sy, who already experienced the hostility he will have to face from now on. He was seen in his cell wearing a t-shirt and jeans and a checkered shirt. As reported by Corriere, the clothes he wore on the bus, have been partially burned.

    Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said after the incident that police had raided the Sy’s house. Salvini questioned why the African was allowed to drive a school bus with his criminal record of sexual harassment and drunken driving.

    The minister explained that there was also a possibility that his citizenship could be taken away if he is convicted of terror. The removal of his citizenship would be done under a security decree introduced by the country in 2018.

    Giorgia Meloni — the leader of the anti-immigration party Fratelli d’Italia [Brothers of Italy] and a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies — said it was imperative to strip Sy of his Italian citizenship.

    “And if in the previous administration had passed draft law propose by the Brothers of Italy that deals with the withdrawal of citizenship from all migrants who commit crimes, this person — because of his criminal record — wouldn’t be an Italian citizen now,” Meloni said.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    The Bellingcat phenomenon: how to declare a war against free speech and be awarded for ‘advances in journalism’

    At the end of March an American journalist Brenna T. Smith published a controversial article which consisted of revealing the personal data of people who took part in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6.

    Race for the title of ‘global savior’ – US dials back its hegemony during the pandemic

    The actions of the White House to support its European allies during the pandemic raise questions both from political elites who are loyal to the United States and from those who represent anti-American positions.

    Asylum seekers in Denmark can be sent 700km away – to Rwanda

    CopenhagenPeople who immigrate to Denmark illegally and seek asylum will soon be transported 700 km away and placed in a Danish asylum centre in a Central African country.

    Oxford study finds correlation between blood clotting events and most current vaccines

    MoscowThe developers of Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine against Covid-19, have urged health regulators to look into a University of Oxford study on the correlation between the occurrence of rare blood clotting and vaccines currently injected on a mass scale globally.

    EU countries agree on a uniform vaccination passport

    BerlinAccording to media reports, the member states of the European Union have agreed on a uniform vaccination card for travel within the Union. The EU states are therefore defining their position on the so-called "Green Passport", which should be operational by the end of June.

    Japan as a model for zero immigration

    DresdenDr. Jan Moldenhauer is a member of the AfD state board in Saxony-Anhalt and district chairman of the AfD Magdeburg. In May 2018 he published a study entitled "Japan's policy of zero immigration - a role model for Germany?"

    Development aid funds rise to a record high

    ParisGlobal funds for development aid reached a new high in the past year. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced in Paris on Tuesday, that public funds from donor countries rose to more than 161 billion US dollars (around 136 billion euros).

    Vaccine-immune Corona variants conceivable say researchers

    GöttingenCorona variants, against which current vaccines are less effective or no longer effective at all, can also arise in Germany, according to researchers. This is particularly possible with the virus spreading in a third wave, according to Stefan Pöhlmann and Markus Hoffmann from the Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Göttingen.

    Study: No black goalkeepers in German Bundesliga equals discrimination and ‘racial stacking’

    According to a study, the absence of dark-skinned goalkeepers in the Bundesliga is due to racial discrimination not talent. The reason why individual clubs do not employ black goalkeepers, could be a coincidence, explained integration researcher Tina Nobis from Humboldt University in Berlin. "That there isn't a single black goalkeeper in the Bundesliga, means it's not a coincidence."

    European Court of Human Rights gives the green light for compulsory vaccinations

    StrasbourgIt is the first time that the European Court of Human Rights has dealt with the issue of compulsory vaccination. According to the ECHR, the mandatory vaccinations are in the "best interests" of society. According to experts, the judgment could play a role in the enforcement of Covid vaccinations.

    Go to archive