Italian court declares public masturbation is not a crime
Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that public masturbation is not a crime after reviewing a case involving a 69-year-old man who had been caught in the act on a University campus.
The Independent reported this week on a case that was heard in the highest court in Italy, La Corte di Cassazione.
They had been referred a case in which a man took out his penis before 'practising auto-eroticism' in front of University of Catania staudents.
The man was sentenced to three months in prison and hit with a hefty fine at hearings in local courts.
However, after referral to the higher court they ruled that recent law changes meant that the 'act' was not included as a crime.
The man has now been sent back to the lower court where he can only be hit with a fine, though it could be as high as €30,000 according to the report.
Sweden caused a stir in 2013 when a man caught masturbating on a beach there was cleared of sexual assault charges after the court ruled his offence was not directed at any one individual.