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Italian police, medical staff on trial for 2001 G8 brutality

[JURIST] The trial of 45 Italian police and medical staff accused of unlawful violence against protesters at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa [official website, BBC backgrounder] opened Wednesday. The charges stem from violent clashes between protestors and police outside the summit, resulting in injuries to more than 100 people and one death [CNN report]. Few of the accused were in court Wednesday, and the hearing was postponed until November when over 600 witnesses from the UK, Germany, France and the US are expected to be called. A related case, in which 28 officers have been charged for roles in a raid on protesters' temporary housing that left over 1,000 injured and three in coma, will open Friday. BBC News has more.

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