Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Sallusti faces house arrest for defamation

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Rome, November 26 - Italian journalist Alessandro
Sallusti said Monday that he is facing house arrest, 30 days
after he was handed a suspended sentence of 14 months in jail
for defamation.
Although Sallusti, director of the newspaper Il Giornale,
posted a message on his Twitter feed, he remained free Monday
afternoon.
Milan prosecutors have asked a court to place Sallusti
under house arrest, to be served at the home of his companion
Daniela Santanche', a legislative member for former premier
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Sallusti said he is already appealing because he can't
cover breaking news from home.
"My lawyers will ask the judge responsible if I can
continue to work and what times they leave me available: it is
obvious that you can not do the (work of a news) director from 9
to 16 or 5 days a week".
In September, Italy's highest appeal court confirmed the
verdict handed down to Sallusti by a Milan court in 2011 for
printing libellous remarks made by an anonymous reader about
Italian Judge Giuseppe Cocilovo in Libero, the right-wing paper
he edited in 2007.
The comments concerned the decision by Cocilovo to grant a
13-year-old the right to have an abortion.
The Court of Cassation ruled that Sallusti was responsible
for the comment since the identity of the writer was unknown.
A decision on Sallusti's future could come at any time,
although the court has at least five days to consider the
prosecution's application for house arrest.
"The surveillance judge will decide in the coming days to
accept or reject our request," while weighing whether the
journalist can continue to work, said prosecutor Edmondo Bruti
Liberati.
Sallusti, whose colleagues in Milan hung a banner Monday
urging him to be brave, complained that he already feels his
freedom has been dramatically curtailed.

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