Italian newspaper editor Sallusti refuses house arrest

Il Giornale chief challenges police over libel sentence

Italian newspaper editor Sallusti refuses house arrest

Milan, November 30 - Italian journalist Alessandro Sallusti said Friday he is refusing a house-arrest order on the basis of not being able to cover news from home, challenging police to take him to jail to serve out his 14-month defamation term. Sallusti is the editor of the newspaper Il Giornale, Milan prosecutors had asked a court to place Sallusti under house arrest after a September court ruled Sallusti was guilty of printing libellous remarks made by an anonymous reader about Italian Judge Giuseppe Cocilovo in Libero, the right-wing paper he edited in 2007. The comments concerned the decision by Cocilovo to grant a 13-year-old the right to have an abortion. The Court of Cassation ruled that Sallusti was responsible for the comment since the identity of the writer was unknown.

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