Italy - Bill will hinder investigations into clerical crime

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Italy - Bill will hinder investigations into clerical crime

Post by peter63 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:27 am

You may have heard about the italian government's recent attempt to pass a bill that seriously limits the freedom of the press and the powers of magistrates when it comes to wiretapping crime suspects: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... -vote.html

What the international press has not reported about (this article in Variety is the only one I found that makes a reference to them, although it erroneously states that a special authorization to listen in on priests is required) are amendments to the current law that deal specifically with the possibility of a member of the catholic clergy being wiretapped or investigated. The bill would oblige the prosecutor in charge of the investigation to notify the local ecclesiastical authority in the case of a priest. In the case of a bishop the prosecutor will have to notify the cardinal secretary of state.
The anti-wiretapping bill, which must now clear its final hurdle in the Lower House where Berlusconi has a wide majority, requires three judges instead of one to approve wiretapping a suspect's phone, limits the number of days for a wiretap, and requires a special authorization to listen in on politicians and priests
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Re: Italy - Bill will hinder investigations into clerical crime

Post by crodeghin » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:25 am

I am Italian, this law is completely crazy. :(

1st of July big protest against it in Rome.
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