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Saviano fined 30,000 euros for 'Gomorrah' defamation

'Mistakenly called businessman a cocaine trafficker'

13 November, 18:34
Saviano fined 30,000 euros for 'Gomorrah' defamation (ANSA) - Milan, November 13 - Best-selling Italian author Roberto Saviano was fined 30,000 euros by a court in Milan Wednesday for defamation in his award-winning 2006 book Gomorrah, an exposé of the Naples-based Camorra mafia. Saviano, whose book was adapted into a film that won second prize at Cannes and five European Film Awards in 2008, was found guilty in a civil suit of defaming businessman Enzo Boccolato, cited on page 291 as "preparing to weave a large network of cocaine trafficking". Saviano's publishing company Arnoldo Mondadori, part of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's media empire, was also named in the fine, and both were ordered, at their own expense, to publish the judgement in double-sized print in Italian daily La Repubblica within 30 days. After multiple death threats from the mob over the years, Saviano continues to live under 24-hour police protection.