Italy officials convicted of abusing arrested protesters Devin Montgomery at 10:22 AM ET
[JURIST] An Italian court Monday found 15 police officers and medical staff members guilty of abusing anti-globalization protesters [JURIST report] who were taken into custody during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa [official website; BBC backgrounder]. The protesters said they were subjected to threats and physical abuse, and were denied food and access to their consulates while being held in a Genoa detention center. The court found the officials guilty of crimes ranging from abuse to inhuman and degrading treatment, but cleared the charges of 30 others. A lawyer for the officials said they plan to appeal the ruling [Adnkronos report], and the protesters are also expected to file a civil suit [Telegraph report] against the government for the mistreatment. The court is still considering a separate case in which police are accused of abuses stemming from the raid on a school where other protesters were staying during the summit. AP has more. Corriere della Sera has local coverage, in Italian.
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