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Politician probed for offending president

'Executioner' slur could land Grillo MP in jail for five years

29 January, 15:29
Politician probed for offending president (ANSA) - Rome, January 29 - Prosecutors are investigating an Italian MP for offending the honor and prestige of the president by calling him one of the worst insults in the Italian language.

On Tuesday Giorgio Sorial of the 5-Star Movement (M5S) called Giorgio Napolitano, a favorite target of the anti-establishment party, an executioner (boia), sparking a political storm. The case was opened on the request of Stella Bianchi, an MP with the center-left Democratic Party (PD), which has vociferously defended the president since the offence. If convicted, Sorial faces up to a five-year sentence, according to article 278 of the Italian penal code.