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StraBerry founder will face trial for exploitation in Milan area

StraBerry is a start-up with photovoltaic greenhouses near Italy's northern city of Milan. Guglielmo Stagno d'Alcontres, the founder of the StraBerry start-up, will face trial in Italy on charges of exploiting 73 foreign laborers on berry farms in the Milan area. The first hearing will be held on July 13. The foreign nationals have been used to grow and harvest strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries that were later sold off the back of vehicles.

The decision was made by Milan judge Fabrizio Filice, who remanded to trial two other defendants: the former and current CEOs of the company. Agricultural company Casina Pirola has agreed to a plea bargain of just over 70,000 euros in fines. The former guard of the day laborers has agreed to a plea bargain of a suspended sentence of a year and a half.

Some 34 workers and the Italian farmers association Coldiretti are the plaintiffs in the trial for labor exploitation, which resulted from an investigation conducted by the Italian financial police.


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