Sunday, November 13, 2005

Pesky Italians (1)

(This post in June vanished from this blog, this reinstates it).

The Italian judiciary has a diction problem - instead of being nice to tourists (turisti) and nasty to terrorists (terroristi), they're doing the reverse. Guys, go easy on the grappa!

Turisti

On-the-spot fines of 10,000 euros have been imposed on three tourists for buying fake designer goods on the Italian riviera.The first of the tourists to be caught, a 60-year-old Dane, had bought a pair of bogus Dior sunglasses. Another victim, a 27-year-old Frenchwoman, nearly fainted after being handed the fine by uniformed police for purchasing a fake Louis Vuitton handbag.

Terroristi

An Italian judge has ordered the arrest of 13 people linked to the CIA for "kidnapping" an Egyptian terrorism suspect in Milan and flying him to Egypt where he said he was tortured, judicial sources said on Friday."

In the judge's order, it (the abduction) is clearly attributed to the CIA," a source said.

Foreign intelligence officials believe (the suspect) had fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia before arriving in Italy in 1997 and obtaining political refugee status. When he disappeared, he was under investigation in Italy for suspected ties to terrorism, including recruiting militants for Iraq.