Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Steal if you are hungry

Stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime, Italy's highest court of appeal has ruled.
Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a supermarket.
Mr Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment", the court of cassation decided. Therefore it was not a crime, it said. 
For the judges, the "right to survival prevails over property", said the La Stampa newspaperIn times of economic hardship, the court of cassation's judgement "reminds everyone that in a civilised country not even the worst of men should starve" The Corriere Della Sera says statistics suggest 615 people are added to the ranks of the poor in Italy every day - it was "unthinkable that the law should not take note of reality".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now let's let noone on Earth starve at ALL or be even close to starvation by establishing socialism, yes? It must be done, nobody should starve amidst plenty of food.

I can only hope that an understanding comes soon so that we may finally ensure that everybody benefits from our productive abilities, so nobody goes to bed hungry ever again and so we can all be happy and free from our chains.