15 Italian police officers have been sentenced to prison terms for beating up G8 protestors in 2001.
A police inspector was among those convicted. He received the heaviest sentence of five years in jail.
Those found guilty were among 45 police officers and prison guards, as well as medical personnel, accused of organised and premeditated brutality at a high school where activists were camping, and later at a police barracks. The others were acquitted.
Three days of riots around the G8 meeting in Genoa left one protestor dead and hundreds more injured after street battles with police.
One senior police officer testified against his colleagues saying they had ‘butchered’ protestors. He said he had kept quiet initially ‘out of shame and a sense of comradeship’.