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Councilor found guilty over Kyenge rape comments

Valandro banned from office for 3 years, suspended prison term

Councilor found guilty over Kyenge rape comments

Padua, July 17 - A local councilor in Padua was found guilty of instigation to commit racist sex crimes against Italy's first black minister. Dolores Valandro, formerly of the anti-immigrant Northern League, was handed a suspended sentence of 13 months in prison and was banned from public office for three years. The case refers to Valandro calling for Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge to be raped in a June 13 Facebook post. "(Why) doesn't anyone ever rape her in order (for her) to understand what the victim of this heinous crime feels like?" wrote Valandro under a photo of Kyenge. Valandro has since been expelled from the Northern League, whose members have made repeated attacks on the Congolese-born minister. At a League rally over the weekend, Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto Calderoli said she looked like an orangutan, prompting calls for his resignation which he has shown no signs of heeding, though he has apologized.

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