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Court rules Italian women can legally lie about affairs

According to the BBC, Italy’s highest appeal court ruled that Italian women who commit adultery are allowed to lie about it to protect their honor.

The decision came from a case with a women convicted of giving false testimony about a lover. The appeals courts said she did not break the law by lying about the affair.

The Court of Cassation, which is composed mainly of elderly male appeal judges, found that having a lover damages the honor of the person, so they are permitted to lie about it—even in an investigation.