“Libero” offensive headlines. Belpietro acquitted
The Coordination of the Islamic associations of Milan and Monza contested the title “Islamic Bastards”, published in 2015 after the attacks in Paris
On December 18th, the Court of Milan acquitted Maurizio Belpietro, chief editor of the newspaper La Verità, on charges of “offenses to a religious confession through the vilification of people” aggravated by the purpose of racial hatred. For the judges “the fact does not exist”. The journalist was accused of this crime for the title “Islamic bastards”, published on November 13, 2015, after the Paris attacks, in the newspaper Libero, of which he was chief editor at the time. The Coordination of the Islamic associations of Milan and Monza (CAIM), which had formed a civil party, had requested compensation for damages of 350 thousand euro and a provisional amount of 100 thousand euro. The prosecutor had requested a fine of 8,300 euro.
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