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The highest court in Italy, ruled that people who steal a small amount of food to satisfy their hunger, cannot be charged with crimes.
The ruling came after 36-year-old Roman Ostriakov, who is homeless, was sentenced to serve six months in jail for theft.
Ostriakov was caught stealing cheese and sausages from a Genoa supermarket. He was arrested and charged with theft before being sentenced to jail and a fine of $115.
He decided to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Cassation, asking that his charge be reduced to attempted theft as he was caught before leaving the restaurant.
In a shocking decision, the court decided to dismiss the charge, saying that in a civilized society, nobody should suffer from hunger.
The court also stated that taking possession of a small amount of food in the face of an immediate and essential need for nourishment, is an act of necessity and cannot result in criminal charges.