Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Italian newspaper editor in court for defying house arrest


Milan, December 6 - Italian newspaper editor
Alessandro Sallusti was in court Thursday for evading house
arrest in a protest against a defamation sentence.
Sallusti was placed under house arrest after a court in
September ruled the editor of Il Giornale was guilty of printing
libellous remarks made by an anonymous reader about a judge in
Libero, the right-wing paper he edited in 2007.
The comments concerned a ruling to grant a 13-year-old the
right to have an abortion.
In a "symbolic gesture," Sallusti had said he was refusing
a house-arrest order since he could not cover news from home,
challenging police to take him to jail to serve out his 14-month
defamation term.
The court denied his request to serve the term in jail
since new legislation banned prison sentences for his level of
A hearing has been scheduled for December 14 in a
fast-track case, which Sallusti requested.

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