The father of a 13-year-old Egyptian boy who called the police aboard the hijacked school bus and then set on fire by a Senegalese bus driver said on Thursday he would like to see his son obtain Italian citizenship.
“My son did his duty, it would be good if he could now get Italian citizenship,” said Khalid Shehata, Ramy’s father, who hid his phone from the bus driver when he confiscated them from other students and was able to call 911. services from inside the vehicle.
Police spokesman Marco Palmieri said driver Ousseynou Sy, 47, a Senegalese national of Italian nationality, told police after his arrest: “Stop the dead at sea, I will commit a massacre” .
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Ramy, who was hailed as a hero by his classmates, was born in Italy but does not have Italian nationality.
“We are Egyptians, I arrived in Italy in 2001, my son was born here in 2005 but we are still waiting for the official document,” Shehata said, adding that they would really like to stay in Italy.
Deputy Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said they would “assess” the citizenship application.
The boy told Ansa he wanted to be a rifleman when he grew up.