Italian court rules insults may be fine, but never threats

Cassation Court verdict on man who left engine running

Italian court rules insults may be fine, but never threats

(ANSA) - Rome, September 13 – Italy's top appeals court on Thursday ruled that insults are justified on certain occasions, like in the face of a neighbour turning on a car engine and leaving it running for a long time in the proximity of one’s house. The Court of Cassation ruled in criminal sentence 35239 that a Sicilian man who swore and insulted his neighbour after having been exposed to the noise and gas fumes from the man’s engine had simply been provoked. The tribunal said that whilst insults and swear words were to be considered justified as a reaction, particularly if the action took place simultaneously with the provocation, under no circumstances were threats of any kind acceptable. The court was ruling on the appeal of a Sicilian man, identified only as Luigi M., who had been ruled guilty of insulting and threatening a neighbour in a February 1 2011 verdict. When his neighbour left the car engine on in proximity of his house veranda, Luigi M. reacted by insulting him and threatening him.

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