Drug dealer cleared in Pantani death

Italian Supreme Court clears man convicted of contributiing to cyclists' death

Fabio Carlino has been cleared of causing Marco Pantani's death.  The Italian Supreme Court on Thursday reversed his conviction of unintentionally causing Pantani's death as a consequence of drug dealing.

According to the ANSA news agency, the Court cleared Carlino “because the facts did not constitute a crime.”

Pantani died in February 2004 from accidental cocaine overdose. Carlini is said to have sold him the drug.

According to the court's General Prosecutor, “the excessive attention given by the media to Pantani’s death pushed the judges to attribute to Carlino an excessive amount of responsibility.”

Carlino had been convicted in January 2008 and sentenced to four and half years in prison. He was also ordered to pay a fine and damages to the Pantani family.

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