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Quake-Hit Italian Town Files Complaint Over Charlie Hebdo 'Lasagna' Cartoon

The French satirical weekly depicted quake victims in layers of lasagna



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    File image of rescuers working amid collapsed building in Amatrice, central Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

    The Italian town hardest hit by last month's earthquake has filed a criminal defamation complaint denouncing French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo for a cartoon depicting victims in layers of lasagna.

    Amatrice lawyer Mario Cicchetti told The Associated Press he lodged the complaint about the "macabre" cartoons on Monday in Rieti, the provincial capital.

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    Charlie Hebdo published two cartoons about Amatrice, a hill town where most of the 295 people killed in the Aug. 24 quake lived and which is known for a famous pasta dish.

    One showed arms and legs protruding from between layers of lasagna. The other, depicting rubble, was captioned: "It's not Charlie Hebdo that built your homes. It's the Mafia."

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    Prosecutors will decide whether the defamation complaint has merit.

    They're already investigating why so many buildings collapsed.