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Imperia. He attacked journalist. Former deputy mayor sentenced in appeal

In 2011, while undergoing a search in the Town Hall, Rodolfo Leone pushed the journalist Gabriele Piccardo away

On June 21, 2017, in Genoa, the former deputy mayor of Imperia, Rodolfo Leone, was sentenced in appeal to two months and twenty days of imprisonment – with suspended sentence – and 9,300 euros in compensation for damages, on top of other legal costs, for having attacked the journalist Gabriele Piccardo.

On May 31, 2011, while law enforcement executed a search on his papers, the then deputy mayor removed forcefully and violently the reporter from the corridor in front of his office, inside the City Hall. Piccardo waited for the opportunity to pick up a comment, but at the time of the attack he had not asked any question. On June 3, 2011, the journalist had filed a lawsuit against Leone.

In the first degree, the former deputy mayor was sentenced to two months and twenty days of imprisonment and five thousand euros for compensation plus 2500 euros for legal expenses. The Genoa Court of Appeal found his recourse unfounded, stating that violence is in no way justified. He furthermore added another 1,800 euros of court costs to those already deliberated.

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