Crime and Court news

The schizophrenia of Italian criminal law

In Italy it is not unusual to see people accused or even convicted for very serious offences freed for legal loopholes or technicalities, long trials triggering the statute of limitations or lenient judges.

At the same time, you can bump into some – usually old – draconian criminal law and be thrown in jail for what would seem a relatively minor offence.

For example, in December four members of the NO TAV movement against the Turin-Lyon high-speed railway were arrested by the Prevention Police on grounds of terrorism for destroying a generator in one of the work sites.

The four suspected are still in jail, raising a heated debate in the country which is in part sympathetic to the NO TAV movement.

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