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Thousands to Get Amnesty in Italy

December 14, 1986|from Reuters

ROME — Hundreds of prisoners are likely to be home for Christmas after approval by Italy's Parliament of an amnesty marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Italian republic, officials said Friday.

Up to 5,000 prisoners are eventually expected to go free, and about 1 million trials will be canceled as a result of the amnesty, approved by the Senate after six months of political debate.

The amnesty is restricted to prisoners held for non-financial crimes carrying sentences of up to three years, and also brings a reduction of up to two years in the jail terms of some other criminals.

However, the pardon excludes such crimes as terrorism, kidnaping and robbery.

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