Decision of the Court of Cassation, V Criminal Section , No. 37088 of 14 June 2013

The Court of Cassation has confirmed the decision of the Appeal Court of Genoa of 5 March 2010 on the events occurred in the Bolzaneto barracks during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa. The violence committed in such occasion amounted to a significant violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and caused the “complete dismissal of the cardinal principles of law and order”. Acquitted four defendants, the Court validated the crimes of other accused, but for most of them statute of limitations and commutation of sentence applied. In this regard, the Court deemed manifestly irrelevant the constitutionality question raised by the General Public Prosecutor of Genoa in relation to Article 157 of the criminal code and Article 1 of the law No. 241/2006, respectively providing the applicability of statute of limitations and commutation of sentence also for crimes ascribable to torture.