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An Italian court has that food theft about by hunger is not illegal. Italy's highest court of appeal, the Supreme Court of Cassation, out the conviction of a homeless Ukrainian man, Roman Ostriakov, who was to six months in jail for stealing cheese and a sausage worth $4.50. Mr Ostriakov was also $115 by the trial court. His lawyers initially for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole conviction was . The court said Mr Ostriakov the food, "does not a crime" because he stole a small amount of food out of desperation. The court of appeal that stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime.

Many people Mr Ostriakov’s case will the extent of poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also the ruling may mean other hungry people who are arrested for shoplifting will not convicted. Criminal lawyer Maurizio Bellacosa the Ostriakov case, "is a new principle, and it might to a more frequent application of the state of necessity to poverty situations". The court ruled in a statement that: "People should not be punished if, by need, they steal small quantities of food in order to the basic requirement of feeding themselves." Italy's La Stampa newspaper said: "The court's decision us all that in a civilised country, no one should be allowed to die of hunger."

 
 

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