Italian newspaper editor in court for defying house arrest

Sallusti opposing libel sentence, hearing scheduled December 14

Italian newspaper editor in court for defying house arrest

Milan, December 6 - Italian newspaper editor Alessandro Sallusti was in court Thursday for evading house arrest in a protest against a defamation sentence. Sallusti was placed under house arrest after a court in September ruled the editor of Il Giornale was guilty of printing libellous remarks made by an anonymous reader about a judge in Libero, the right-wing paper he edited in 2007. The comments concerned a ruling to grant a 13-year-old the right to have an abortion. In a "symbolic gesture," Sallusti had said he was refusing a house-arrest order since he could not cover news from home, challenging police to take him to jail to serve out his 14-month defamation term. The court denied his request to serve the term in jail since new legislation banned prison sentences for his level of crime. A hearing has been scheduled for December 14 in a fast-track case, which Sallusti requested.

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