Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2003 - Italy

Outcome of the prosecutions of Italian militants33

In December 2002, the district court of Cantanzaro in Calabria ordered the release of, and the lifting of arrest warrants relating to, some twenty militants of the Rebellious South network, the alternative COBAS trade unions and n° Global, arrested in November 2002 in connection with events during the G8 Summit in Genoa in 2001. The charges against them (political conspiracy) were not dismissed and the file was sent to Cantazaro's court of appeal. The case was heard on 24th October and 6th November 2003 and ended positively for the militants, since the court upheld the decision to free them. However, some of them have to sign a document every week at the police station. Their telephones and computers are still bugged.

At the same time, the trial has still not been held of 77 police officers charged with brutality in January 2003, in connection with the events in Genoa and, in particular, with a raid on a school.

[Refworld note: This report as posted on the FIDH website (www.fidh.org) was in pdf format with country chapters run together by region. Footnote numbers have been retained here, so do not necessarily begin at 1.]

33. See Annual Report 2002.


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