STOCKHOLM — An Italian politician arrested after a public altercation with his 12-year-old son has been convicted of child abuse in a case that highlights differing views on corporal punishment in the two countries.
The Stockholm District Court said Giovanni Colasante, a local politician from southern Italy, “intentionally inflicted” pain on his son by pulling him by the hair during an Aug. 23 argument in Stockholm’s Old Town.
Colasante, who denied the charges, was arrested after witnesses called police.
The case generated headlines in Italy where it’s being called a parenting “culture clash” between northern and southern Europe.
The court waived fines of 6,600 kronor ($996) saying Colasante’s three days in jail was sufficient punishment.