Prosecution to request indictment for Colosseum defacement
27-year-old accused of carving names into Flavian Amphitheatre.
(ANSA) – ROME, JUL 17 – The Rome public prosecutor’s office is set to request the indictment of a 27-year-old tourist who carved his name and that of his girlfriend into Rome’s Colosseum using a set of keys last month, sources said on Monday.
Ivan Dimitrov, who is of Bulgarian origin but resident in England, faces charges of defacing cultural or landscape heritage, with a possible a sentence of two to five years in prison.
He was identified after the Colosseum Park Authority was alerted to the incident by a video, allegedly filmed by the pair and posted on social media, and notified police.
There have since been two further acts of vandalism against the 2,000-year-old monument.
Rome Carabinieri police on Saturday cited a 17-year-old German student caught carving something into a wall on the ground floor of the Flavian amphitheatre.
Previously a 17-year-old Swiss girl was nabbed after being filmed scratching her initials into a stone at the ancient arena. (ANSA).