Neo-fascist must do his time, italy's high court says

'roman salute' illegal, judges reaffirm

Neo-fascist must do his time, italy's high court says

(ANSA) – Rome, September 17 – Italy's highest appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a neo-fascist for expressing his political sentiments at a public gathering. Lorenzo F., age 50, gave the "Roman salute" – with straight arm raised in the manner popular among 20th-century European fascist regimes - and chanted slogans glorifying racism and fascist rule at a public demonstration. Italy's Cassation Court tossed out the defendant's motion to shake off his sentence imposed by a Florentine appeals court in November 2010 – the specifics of which were unavailable to ANSA. Lorenzo F. took part in a small neo-fascist demonstration on April 23, 2005 in Florence, and was recognized by Italian anti-terrorism investigators despite partially covering his face with a scarf. Lorenzo F. had a long rap sheet, and the Italy's DIGOS police unit had taken note of him since 1990.

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