Offending the honour of the sacred and inviolable person
September 13, 2008 5:05 PM Subscribe
posted by ersatz (21 comments total)
Sabrina Guzzanti, an Italian comedienne who said that Pope Benedict XVI would go to Hell
and be tormented by homosexual demons is facing a prison term of up to five years, according to the provisions of the Lateran treaty.
The July rally was called to protest against alleged interference by the Vatican and the Catholic Church in Italian affairs, from abortion to gay rights, but also to attack the Prime Minister for passing "ad personam" laws to protect his own interests and avoid prosecution on corruption allegations
Three years ago Ms Guzzanti released a widely praised film, Viva Zapatero!, about the suppression in 2003 of her late night show RAIot in which she had satirised the Italian Prime Minister.
Antonio Di Pietro, a senator and former anti-corruption magistrate
, who organised the rally, said that Ms Guzzanti had only "exercised her constitutional right to freedom of thought. [...] To put people in prison for what they think is reminiscent of a time when those who thought differently had castor oil poured down their throats" — a reference to the Fascist era, when the Lateran Treaty was enacted.