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Italy: Repeal of Capital Punishment

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 2, 2007 the Italian Parliament approved Constitutional Law no.1, which amends article 27 of the Constitution, concerning the repeal of capital punishment. The previous reading of the fourth paragraph of article 27 was "Capital punishment is not permitted, except in cases foreseen in the military laws of war" (unofficial translation). The amendment repeals the second part of this sentence, to state that "Capital punishment is not permitted." (Parliamento Italiano, Gazzetta Ufficiale, no. 236, October 10, 2007.)