Marco Pannella Acquitted on Hashish Civil Disobedience Charge 2/15/02

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Two weeks ago, DRCNet reported on civil disobedience activity by members of the European Parliament on behalf of Colin Davies, jailed proprietor of the Stockport, England cannabis cafe, "Dutch Experience" (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/222.html#radicalparty). On February 12, one of the same MEPs, Transnational Radical Party founder Marco Pannella, was acquitted by Rome's Court of Appeals for a five year old civil disobedience action.

On December 28, 1995, Pannella, dressed as a yellow Father Christmas, publicly distributed small quantities of hashish in the presence of police officers. A first degree Court had sentenced Pannella to two years and two months in prison, later commuted to a 3.500 Euro fine. Rome's Court of Appeals has now acquitted the Radical leader entirely, stating that his act of civil disobedience cannot be considered a crime.

In his address to the court, Pannella argued for repeal of the drug laws, declaring in conclusion, "Down with the Judiciary, long life to the judges!"

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