(ANSA) – Rome, December 20 – Italian Justice Minister Paola Severino has been asked to evaluate a possible pardon for newspaper editor Alessandro Sallusti over his 14-month sentence relating to printing libellous remarks in 2007. The Cassation Court ruled in September that Sallusti was responsible for the comment since the identity of the writer was unknown. The comment on Italian judge Giuseppe Cocilovo in Libero, the right-wing paper he edited in 2007, was made by an anonymous reader whose identity was not determined during the trial. Severino received the pardon request initiated by Sallusti's lawyer Ignazio La Russa from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, the original recipient. Severino has now initiated the investigation process into a possible pardon for Sallusti.