Judge - jungle slur punishment too much

2014-06-11 18:43
Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first black minister. (Picture: AFP)

Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first black minister. (Picture: AFP)

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Rome - A district councillor from northern Italy who was fired from his job as a bus driver after writing on Facebook that a black former government minister should "go back to the jungle" was given his job back on Wednesday.

Labour judge Giorgio Flaim ruled that the punishment against Paolo Serafini went too far. He ordered local bus company Trentino Trasporti to reimburse the man for the wages he missed since his dismissal in October.

Serafini, elected for the far-right Northern League party, had targeted Congo-born Cecile Kyenge, who called for more open migration and citizenship policies while serving as integration minister from April 2013 to February.

Earlier this year, Serafini was convicted of aggravated slander, fined €2, 00, and ordered to pay €10 000 euros in compensation to plaintiffs and €5 500 euros in legal fees. Kyenge, Italy's first black cabinet member, faced a torrent of racist abuse while in office.

In the most infamous incident, a leading Northern League politician compared her to an orangutan. She is now a member of the European Parliament.

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