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Food Theft in Italy May Not Be a Crime, Court Rules

03 May 2016 7:39 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

Food Theft in Italy May Not Be a Crime, Court Rules

ROME — Stealing food from a supermarket may not be a crime in Italy if you are homeless and hungry, the nation’s highest appeals court has ruled.

In a case that has drawn comparisons to “Les Misérables,” the Supreme Court of Cassation threw out the conviction of a homeless man from Ukraine, Roman Ostriakov, who was caught trying to take 4.07 euros — about $4.70 — worth of cheese and sausage from a store in Genoa without paying for it. A trial court sentenced him in February 2015 to six months in jail and a fine of €100. NY Times   Read More

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