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Italy picks up record fines haul at Human Rights Court

Rome ordered to pay 120 million in 2012

Italy picks up record fines haul at Human Rights Court

Strasbourg, April 10 - Italy picked up a record haul of fines in 2012 at the European Court of Human Rights, which ordered it to pay a total of 120 million euros last year to citizens whose rights had not been respected, according to a report released Wednesday. The figure is the highest annual fines total ever collected by any of the 47 states that are members of the Council of Europe. Italy is regularly fined by the court, which is a Council of Europe institution, for the slowness of its legal system, which means Italians' right to have justice in a reasonable time frame is frequently infringed upon.

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