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Court says military police can't have lovers
June 17, 2008 / 4:19 PM / in 9 years

Court says military police can't have lovers

<p>Carabinieri military police patrol the entrance of the "Olga Rovere" nursery school at Rignano Flaminio, 25 miles north of Rome, May 11, 2007. REUTERS/Max Rossi</p>

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s highest court has ruled that the nation’s paramilitary police, the Carabinieri, must not have extra-marital affairs to avoid sullying the force’s name.

The ruling stemmed from one Carabiniere’s appeal against a lower court ruling sentencing him to four months in jail for insulting and threatening to throw a desk at his boss, who had asked the policeman to break off an affair with a married woman.

Italy’s Court of Cassation agreed that any affair is a private matter, but noted that the military police were called to “exemplary conduct and could not bring discredit to the armed forces with extra-marital relationships.”

The Carabinieri, Italy’s gendarmerie, are the most prominent of several national police forces. Their motto is “Faithful through the centuries.”

Reporting by Deepa Babington; Editing by Giles Elgood

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