Man in Italy gets 20 years in acid attack on woman

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 29 at 4:03 PM

ROME (AP) — An Italian lawyer has been convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for ordering an acid attack on his ex-girlfriend, who became a symbol in the fight against men's violence toward women.

The acid burned and disfigured the face of Lucia Annibali, also a lawyer. Luca Varani was convicted Saturday by a court in Pesaro of masterminding the 2013 attack. Two Albanian men were convicted of throwing the acid and each received a 14-year term. Varani denied ordering an acid attack on Annibali.

The woman, who has had several facial surgeries, told reporters, "I didn't set out to be a symbol." Three weeks ago, Italy's president honored her for courage and determination in pursuing justice and inspiring women in Italy to rebel against male violence.

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