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Italy: Constitutional Court Ruling in Connection with Ongoing Extraordinary Rendition Trial

(Mar. 20, 2009) The Constitutional Court of Italy, in a ruling delivered on March 11, 2009, held that wiretap surveillance on Italian secret service agents by Milan prosecutors in the Abu Omar rendition case had violated state secrecy laws “by gathering and attempting to introduce evidence that the government said would harm national security.” (Italy: […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Ruling in Connection with Ongoing Extraordinary Rendition Trial

(Mar. 20, 2009) The Constitutional Court of Italy, in a ruling delivered on March 11, 2009, held that wiretap surveillance on Italian secret service agents by Milan prosecutors in the Abu Omar rendition case had violated state secrecy laws. The decision was deemed in the press to be “a heavy blow” to the prosecution of […]

Italy: Emergency Decree on Rape, Immigration

(Mar. 3, 2009) A decree increasing the penalty for rape was issued by Italy's government on February 20, 2009; it will go into effect immediately, but must be approved by both houses of the parliament within 60 days. The punishment for the rape of a minor or for an attack in which the victim is […]

Italy: Lawsuit Seeks to End Large Lottery Payoff

(Oct. 23, 2008) Codacons, a consumer rights organization in Italy, has filed suit against the Italian lottery, with the goal of having the current large jackpot divided into several smaller pots for separate lotteries. No date has yet been set for the hearing. No one has won the Italian lottery prize since April 2008, and […]

Italy: Public Security

(Oct. 22, 2008) On July 24, 2008, the Italian Parliament converted into Law 125 of 2008 the Decree-Law 92 of May 23, 2008, on Urgent Matters of Public Security. The conversion includes amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure. Highlights of the changes are as follows. Amendments to the Criminal Code […]

Italy: Investigation of the Mafia Phenomenon

(Sept. 16, 2008) The Italian Parliament promulgated Law No. 132 on August 4, 2008, creating a parliamentary commission to investigate “the Mafia phenomenon” and other criminal associations, including those involving foreigners. The Law assigns to the commission the functions of: • verifying the implementation and relevance of specified legal provisions concerning the Mafia and other […]

European Union; Italy: Fingerprinting of Roma Approved

(Sept. 5, 2008) On September 4, 1008, the European Commission rejected accusations that Italy's fingerprinting of Roma gypsies as part of a census of their population in camps in the country amounted to ethnic discrimination. The Commission has said it is satisfied that the program is consistent with EU law. The Commission concluded that the […]

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). […]

Italy: Iraq Murder Case Against U.S. Soldier Dismissed

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 25, 2007, an Italian trial court dismissed a criminal case against U.S. Army Specialist Mario Lozano, who was charged with the murder in Iraq of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari and the attempted murder of agent Andrea Carpani and Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena. The court cited lack of jurisdiction over […]

Italy: Safety on Roads and Highways

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 2, 2007 the Italian Parliament approved Law no. 160 raising to the category of Law, with amendments, Decree-Law no. 117 of August 3, 2007, which included urgent provisions amending the transit code to increase the levels of safety on roads and highways. This Law imposes fines of between 2,257 and […]