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Grillo 9-mth term sought for high-speed rail protest

'Illegally built hut that became symbol of 'No Tav' protest'

07 February, 14:07
Grillo 9-mth term sought for high-speed rail protest (ANSA) - Turin, February 7 - Turin prosecutors on Friday requested a nine-month jail term for anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Beppe Grillo for illegally building a hut in 2010 that became a symbol for protests against a high-speed rail line from France to Italy. The comic-turned politician backs the 'No-Tav' campaign in the Susa Valley north of Turin, which contests the line's economic value and says it will despoil pristine landscape.

The Italian and French governments have insisted the line go ahead to speed passenger and freight traffic and boost both countries' economies.

Grillo is also under investigation by prosecutors in several Italian cities for allegedly inciting soldiers to stop protecting politicians.