Italy's constitutional court has rejected controversial legislation imposing stiffer penalties on illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Italy. A majority of court judges late on Thursday ruled it is unconstitutional to hand down prison sentences and fines three times more severe for illegal immigrants found guilty of crimes.
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But the court judges upheld the constitutionality of another law passed by Italy's conservative government in July last year that made illegal immigration a crime punishable with a fine of 5,000-10,000 euros.
The reasoning behind the ruling will be released by the court later this month.
The Italian government has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration.
Source: AKI (English)