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

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

 
 

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