Sixteen top police officers responsible for a vicious raid and the illegal detention and torture of scores of anti-G8 campaigners in Genoa eight years ago walked free from an Italian court last week.
Most are still serving officers. Among those acquitted was an officer subsequently made head of the secret service.
Lower ranking officers were earlier found guilty of the violent attacks after one officer broke with an officially sanctioned cover-up. None will serve a day of sentences because these are deemed to have expired.
A far right interior minister said the acquittal of the senior officers showed Italy's police force is 'healthy and deserves everybody's gratitude'.