Derogatory remarks against Pope Benedict XVI could land Italians in prison.(Getty Images)
Derogatory remarks against Pope Benedict XVI could land Italians in prison.
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Italian Comedian Faces Prosecution for Insulting the Pope

September 18, 2008  •  From theTrumpet.com
Italy is attempting to invoke a fascist-era law in order to penalize those who insult the pope.
 

Italian comedian Sabrina Guzzanti is facing possible prosecution and a prison term of five years for making controversial remarks about the pope at an anti-politics rally in Rome.

Guzzanti could be tried for this offense at the hands of Rome’s prosecutor, Giovanni Ferrara. If Ferrara obtains the authorization from the Italian justice minister that he has requested, he will start proceedings against Guzzanti for “vilification” of the pope. Under Italian law, courts are allowed to sentence people to up to five years in prison for “offending the honor” of the pope, the same punishment as offending the honor of the Italian president.

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