January 25, 2005


Italian Court Acquits Suspects of International Terrorism Charges (Sabina Castelfranco, 25-January-2005, VOA News)

An Italian judge dropped charges of international terrorism against five North Africans arrested in April 2003. The men had been accused of sending recruits and financial support to paramilitary training camps in Iraq.

A judge in Milan handed down soft prison sentences against five North Africans accused of sending men to Iraq to be trained as fighters and suicide bombers. The judge ruled the men were involved in guerrilla activity, which did not constitute terrorism as defined by Italian law.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 11:55 AM

To coin a phrase, Italian law is an ass.

Posted by: Just John at January 25, 2005 1:40 PM

Well, at least he didn't call them 'minutemen'.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 25, 2005 2:08 PM

I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

Posted by: BJW at January 25, 2005 3:01 PM

THe Italian 'justice' system is a cruel joke and is probably the nation's greatest impediment to being a European leader. Its comic opera military remains the stuff of opera buffa but now those of its European competitors are as well.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 4:08 PM

The Italian courts and judges have come a long way down from when they went after the Mafia. What a shame. Had some hopes for them then!!

Posted by: dick at January 25, 2005 6:56 PM

The attacks on the 'Mafia' were merely attacks on specific groups who failed to pay off enough, not an attempt to change the system.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 10:21 PM

You think we have problems with out of control liberal hacks on our benches.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2005 2:10 AM