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Neo-Fascist militants to stand trial over hate crimes

12/06/2013

'Promoted racial hatred'

Neo-Fascist militants to stand trial over hate crimes

Rome, June 12 - Two neo-Fascist militants pleaded guilty to charges including racial hatred while another seven activists were indicted in a preliminary hearing of a trial in Rome against members of the far-right Militia group. The charges against Militia members include promoting Fascism, racial and ethnic hatred and criminal conspiracy. Two defendants plea-bargained and were served jail sentences of up to eight months in jail. The other defendants will go on trial in December. According to prosecutors, the group had targeted politicians including former Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno and the former Speakers of the House and Senate, Gianfranco Fini and Renato Schifani, with offensive banners and posters across Rome. Another target of the organization was the president of Rome's Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici.