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Italy suspends army general over book disparaging minorities, lawyer says

Italy suspends army general over book disparaging minorities, lawyer says

AN Italian army general reprimanded by the defence minister for publishing a book disparaging LGBT people, migrants, minorities and feminists has been suspended from duty for 11 months, his lawyer said. The opinions expressed in Roberto Vannacci's self-published book, "The World Upside Down" made headlines in the national press last year, winning applause from right-wing readers and sparking outrage among left-wing opposition parties. Defence Minister Guido Crosetto said in August the ministry would take disciplinary action, explaining that the book discredited the army, defence ministry and constitution. In a statement disclosing Vannacci's suspension, his lawyer Giorgio Carta said the ministry alleged the…
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