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Italian criminal law expert: "The wrong crime at the wrong time"

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Miercuri, 14 noiembrie 2007, 0:00

Stefano Maffei

The Criminal Chambers' Union in Italy (UCPI) severely criticized the decree allowing the expelling from Italy of EU citizens, including Romanians, in case they commit crimes on Italian soil. The criminal lawyers claim that the decree comes against at least four fundamental Constitutional rights, mainly the rights to personal freedom and fair defending in court.
To show their indignation to the "demagogical drift", UCPI decided to organize a general strike on November 23.
In an exclusive interview for Hotnews.ro, one of the most reputed criminal lawyers in Italy says the expelling decree is anti-Constitutional.

"Beyond an emotional approach, my first impression is that it was a wrong crime at a very wrong time. A wrong time because it came just when Italy proved to be over-sensitive in front of a certain type of crimes. It was a short-circuit not only in the public opinion, but also at a political level.

Then again, the place where Mailat's murder took place in the wrong place, in Rome.
Rome is currently a stage for the political scene, where the mayor is the most probable future Prime Minister. The fact that he was unable to manage and ensure the public order in his own city could be obviously used by his political opponents", Maffei explains.

Speaking about the expelling decree, Maffei comments that the decree is an instrument made available by the law in emergency situations, in order to avoid excessive bureaucracy. "I refer to emergency situations considered as collective, generalized. In detail, I wonder if just one murder may built such a national emergency situation", says Maffei.

Even more, according to the lawyer, the fact that any judges' actions or decisions are absent means that expelling is left at the discretion of other authorities.






















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