Senator convicted over racist remark about Italy's first black minister

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Roberto Calderoli of far-right League likened Cécile Kyenge to an orangutan during a rally

A senator from Italy’s far-right League has been given an 18-month prison sentence for likening the country’s first black minister to an orangutan.

Roberto Calderoli said during a party rally in July 2013 that whenever he saw pictures of Cécile Kyenge, an MEP who at the time was integration minister, “I cannot but think of the features of an orangutan”.

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