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Corona jailbird figurine for sale in Naples

Famous nativity scene artisans add paparazzo to catalogs

Corona jailbird figurine for sale in Naples

Naples, January 24 - Fabrizio Corona, the top Italian paparazzo arrested in Portugal after fleeing from Italy earlier this week, has already been turned into a ceramic figurine for sale in the nativity-scene shops of Naples' famous via San Gregorio Armeno street. Master craftsman Genny Di Virgilio has already made a miniature Corona wearing the typical prisoner's striped uniform with a ball and chain at his ankle. On Monday the Turin prosecutor's office issued a European Arrest Warrant for Corona, who was convicted of blackmailing VIPs with compromising photographs. Corona disappeared last Friday just hours before Italy's highest appeals court, the Court of Cassation, handed down its confirmation of a five-year prison sentence. The notorious personality, who made headlines in Italy for his colorful exploits and super-model girlfriends, had been on probation in Milan for a prior conviction. Corona's probation has been suspended, and his flight from the law means an additional two years and 10 months time will be added to his prison sentence. In total, Corona will have to serve over seven years, a detail Di Virgilio did not miss on the miniature Corona figure: along with his prison attire, he holds in his hand a sign reading "7 years".

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