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Torture: FdI's bill to repeal the crime in the Chamber. The opposition protests


New clash between majority and opposition on justice. The subject of the discussion is a bill to repeal the crime of torture. Cucchi appeals to President Mattarella. Malpezzi: "Does Meloni want to strike at human rights?" (HANDLE)

New clash between majority and opposition on justice.

The subject of the discussion is a

bill to repeal the crime of torture

introduced into the Italian legal system in 2017 after a tormented parliamentary process.

To present it are some exponents of

the Brothers of Italy

, the first signatory Imma Vietri.

Against the law

Ilaria Cucchi appeals to the head of state Sergio Mattarella


The provision, assigned by the Justice Commission of the Chamber, intends in fact to repeal articles 613-bis and 613-ter of the penal code which introduced the crime and leaves only a sort of aggravating circumstance to article 61 of the penal code.

"The application uncertainty in which the interpreter is left" with the rules introduced in 2017, "could lead to the dangerous attraction in the new criminal case of all the conduct of the subjects in charge of applying the law, in particular of the personnel of

the police

that for the exercise of its functions - explain the signatories in the report of the PDL - is also authorized to legitimately resort to means of physical coercion". in the meshes of the crime in question behavior clearly foreign to its classic scope of application, including a rigorous use of force by the police during an arrest or in particularly delicate public order operations or the placement of a prisoner in an overcrowded cell" .

"For example, members of the penitentiary police would risk being reported on a daily basis for this crime due to the unlivable conditions of prisons and the lack of detention spaces, with very serious and totally disproportionate criminal consequences".

"The risk of being subject to complaints and instrumental trials - observe the deputies of FdI - could also disincentivise and demotivate the action of the police forces, depriving the subjects in charge of applying the law of the impetus necessary to carry on the best possible their work, with a consequent setback in the activity of prevention and repression of crimes and a generalized discouragement of the initiative of the police forces".

According to the signatories who are, in addition to Imma Vietri also Amich, Cangiano, Cerreto, Chiesa,

Ciaburro, Iaia, La Porta, Longi, Maiorano, Michelotti and Tremaglia, the penalties envisaged for the crime are also "clearly disproportionate to the crimes that currently punish such conduct in the code (beatings, injuries, threats, etc.) and not justified by the trend of the criminal situation in Italy".

"In the light of these considerations, in order to adequately protect the reputation and image of the police forces, which work every day to guarantee public safety by risking their own lives and to avoid the dangerous deviations which the application of the new hypotheses of crime could determine, this bill - the report underlines again - provides for the introduction of a new common aggravating circumstance to implement international obligations" and "

The reaction of the Italian Left-Alleanza Verde senator I

laria Cucchi

was strong, appealing to the head of state not to cancel the aggravating circumstance of the crime of torture from the legal system "as the Brothers of Italy intend to do" with a deposited pdl in the Chamber and assigned to the Justice Commission.

"The suspension of 23 agents of the Biella prison

is news of these hours

accused by the judiciary of state torture against 3 detainees and in the same hours we learn of the assignment in the Justice Commission of the Chamber of a bill by Fdi that wants to repeal torture.

This is a very serious fact.

To claim that torture does not exist in Italy is a lie.

Turning a blind eye and turning away is already a violation of human rights and I know it because I've experienced it myself.

More than one judge, before the introduction of this law, found himself unable to proceed because the law did not exist.

We fought for its introduction and now I appeal to all political forces especially to the President of the Republic: hands off the law that punishes torture", declares the senator adding: "

Those who are afraid of the crime of torture legitimize torture


ANSA Agency

Torture in Biella prison, 23 officers suspended from service - Piedmont

23 agents of the Biella penitentiary police were suspended from service, in execution of an order from the investigating judge, for the crime of state torture committed inside the prison against three prisoners.


Malpezzi: Meloni wants to hit human rights?

"FdI's proposal to cancel the crime of torture is chilling. Meloni says something: does your government and your political force want to attack a law in defense of human rights?"

Thus on Twitter, the president of the senators of the Democratic Party, Simona Malpezzi.

Bazoli (Pd): serious that Fdi wants to abolish the crime.

"It is extremely serious that some Members of Parliament from the Brothers of Italy have presented a bill to repeal the crime of torture. We have not forgotten when the current Prime Minister declared that this crime "prevents agents from doing their work". The crime of torture exists in all democratic systems, it is required by international conventions for the protection of human rights, we are one of the last Western countries to have introduced it. The idea of ​​repealing it reveals a worrying idea and dangerous of the right-wing's use of power and force. The defense of the rule of law, and the defense of our law enforcement agencies, cannot tolerate its questioning."

Alfredo Bazoli declares it,

Source: ansa

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