ITALIAN SENATE APPROVED FULL ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY FROM ITS CONSTITUTION
March 7, 2007: the Italian Senate approved a draft law to modify article 27 of the Constitution (226 votes in favour, 12 abstained and no votes contrary). The law is designed to abolish the death penalty also from wartime military laws.
Approved last October 10 by the Parliament with a bipartisan vote on a first reading, the bill removes the condition that appears at paragraph 4 of the article: "the death penalty is not allowed except when it is possible under wartime military laws".
The bill is now going back to Parliament for a second reading, as established by article 138 of the Constitution which prescribes four readings for changes that affect the Constitution itself. (Sources: Agi, Adn, 07/03/2007)