Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Italy appeals court upholds libel verdict against dead man


(ANSA) – Rome, November 7 – Italy’s Court of Cassation, the
country’s highest appeals court, Wednesday upheld a guilty
verdict against a politician from the Sicilian town of
Campobello di Licata, accused by a local political rival of
But there was one problem with the case: the defendant,
Calogero Gueli, a former mayor, has been dead for over a year.
Evidently the result of a bureaucratic error, the verdict
upheld a prior lower court’s verdict that Gueli smeared a local
politician’s reputation when, during an interview, he accused
his rival, Giuseppe Sferrazza, a local official of the Communist
Party (PCI), of using lawsuits as a weapon to silence his local
rivals, much as Sferrazza’s father was accused of using a gun to
silence local opponents.
Years before, Sferrazza’s father had been sentenced to 70
years in prison for mafia-related crimes.
Gueli himself had been previously connected to organized
crime activities.
In 2006, Gueli was arrested for aiding and abetting
organized crime activities and sentenced in the first degree to
three years and four months.
He was subsequently absolved.

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