Italy’s Beppe Grillo Handed Jail Term For slander

Must Read

Coronavirus: Enugu State Close Its Borders, Markets After Recording First Case

The Enugu State Government has announced the closure of its borders and markets, just after two cases of coronavirus...

COVID-19: Oyo Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew, Closes Markets

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has on Friday ordered a dusk to dawn curfew in a bid to...

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today: 28th March 2020

Good Morning, welcome to Information Nigeria’s Newspaper headlines for today, 28th March 2020.Here are the major headlines.Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms...

‘Nigeria Will Go Into Recession If COVID-19 Persists Beyond Six Months’ – Finance Minister

Nigeria's Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has predicted that the country will go into recession if the Coronavirus pandemic continues...

NCDC Records 11 Fresh Cases Of Coronavirus In Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 11 cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 in Nigeria on Friday...

_85553226_gettyimages-457002304

Beppe Grillo, who leads Italy’s second biggest party, the Five-Star Movement, has been given a one-year jail term for slandering a science professor. Prof Francesco Battaglia said that he had been threatened and his car vandalised after Mr Grillo criticised him for backing nuclear energy.

Mr Grillo, who is unlikely to go to jail, also faces damages of €50,000 (£36,000; $56,000).

He suggested people were afraid his party was getting close to government. And he likened himself to two other historical figures who had spent time in jail, Italian anti-Fascist campaigner Sandro Pertini and South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

“If Pertini and Mandela ended up in prison, I can go there too for a cause I think is just and that has been supported by the overwhelming majority of Italians,” he wrote on his blog.

Prof Battaglia said the maverick leader should carry out community service, just as ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had done, and should take more care of what he said because of the large number of Italians who listened to him.

BBC.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -