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Italy court orders Berlusconi to perform community service at center for elderly
April 15, 2014
An Italian court ruled Tuesday that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi must perform community service at a home for the elderly as his sentence for tax fraud. The order was requested by Berlusconi, a three-time prime minister, media magnate and billionaire, as a way to serve the remain....... [more]

Italy Constitutional Court overturns assisted reproduction restrictions
April 10, 2014
Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down provisions set forth in Law 40 that prohibited the use of donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments. The court reported that the restrictions breached the country's constitution. This provision joins other portions of Law 40 that have been str....... [more]

DRC urged to adopt new law to prosecute war crimes
April 1, 2014
A coalition of 146 Congolese and international human rights organizations released a joint declaration Tuesday urging the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to create new mechanisms in its national justice system for prosecuting war crimes. Specifically, the declaration urged the Congolese governmen....... [more]

Italy high court upholds Berlusconi's ban from public office
March 19, 2014
Italy's Court of Cassation on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office for the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for his conviction for tax fraud. Prior to the high court's confirmation, Berlusconi had hoped to run for European Parliament in May. Berlusconi had fought to overturn th....... [more]

Italy high court upholds convictions of CIA agents in extraordinary rendition
March 12, 2014
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday upheld guilty verdicts against three US defendants in the 2003 extraordinary rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect. The three Americans are CIA agents who participated in the kidnapping of terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan....... [more]

Italy appeals court overturns bank convictions
March 7, 2014
An Italian appeals court overturned the fraud oversight convictions of several banks on Friday. A lower court ruled that JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deutsche Bank AG, UBS AG and Depfa Bank Plc forced the city of Milan to enter into an interest-rate swap agreement that ended up costing the city million....... [more]

Italy high court overturns convictions in CIA rendition program
February 25, 2014
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Monday dismissed the convictions of five Italian agents related to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. The five agents included the former....... [more]

Italy Constitutional Court strikes down tough marijuana sentencing laws
February 13, 2014
Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a drug law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing marijuana. The constitutional court declared the law illegitimate without further elaboration. The cannabis law was blamed for causing Italian prison overcrowding, and an es....... [more]

Italy Constitutional Court: parliament legitimate, electoral law unconstitutional
January 14, 2014
Italy's Constitutional Court released a judgment Tuesday detailing their reasoning for striking down the country's current electoral law in a December ruling. The voting law, which has been widely criticized for making election results uncertain, was ruled unconstitutional for its provisions that gr....... [more]

Europe rights court rules Italian children can have mother's surname
January 8, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Wednesday that children of married couples in Italy must be allowed to carry their mother's surname. The court found that restricting a child's surname to that of its father violated Article 8 (right to respect for private and family) and Article 14 (p....... [more]

Italy court convicts Egyptian cleric of terror charges
December 6, 2013
Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, who was kidnapped in Milan as part of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program, was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday by an Italian court after being convicted in absentia of terror charges. Under the CIA's extrao....... [more]


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