ITALY: Sole Exception

For the first time a man sentenced by Dictator Benito Mussolini's drastic "Fascist Military Tribunal For Defense of the State" was pardoned and set free last week.

Leo Moulin, a young Belgian professor, had smuggled into Italy and secretly distributed anti-Fascist leaflets. When for this crime he was sentenced to only two years in jail, Fascists shrugged, "Well, what could the Tribunal do? Our Crown Prince has just married a Belgian" (TIME, Jan. 13, 1930).

Seemingly this nuptial fact was the basis on which King Vittorio Emanuele III ventured last week to pardon...

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