Neo-fascist must do his time, Italy's high court says
'Roman salute' illegal, judges reaffirm17 September, 18:15
(ANSA) - Rome, September 17 - Italy's highest appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a neo-fascist for expressing his political sentiments at a public gathering.
Lorenzo F., age 50, gave the "Roman salute" - with straight arm raised in the manner popular among 20th-century European fascist regimes - and chanted slogans glorifying racism and fascist rule at a public demonstration.
Italy's Cassation Court tossed out the defendant's motion to shake off his sentence imposed by a Florentine appeals court in November 2010 – the specifics of which were unavailable to ANSA.
Lorenzo F. took part in a small neo-fascist demonstration on April 23, 2005 in Florence, and was recognized by Italian anti-terrorism investigators despite partially covering his face with a scarf.
Lorenzo F. had a long rap sheet, and the Italy's DIGOS police unit had taken note of him since 1990.