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The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio annuls the denial issued by the Consulate of Italy in Karachi because it was not signed by any officer.
New and important judgement of the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio related to the Schengen visa. In fact, the T.A.R. of Lazio (that is the competent authority on appeals against decisions of Italian embassies and consulates) has annulled the decision to refuse a visa for business reasons, issued by the Consulate of Italy in Karachi (Pakistan) against a Pakistani citizen.
The Pakistani businessman, represented and defended before the Italian court by Mr. Luca Santaniello, an Italian lawyer with office in Rome, has appealed the decision of the Italian Consulate, because it lacks the signature by any officer of the Consulate. In fact, as showed during the trial, the refusal was not signed by any administrative body and there was no reference to the generality of the person who issued the denial. In the denial letter there was only the stamp in block letters "Consulate of Italy in Karachi".
Therefore, according to the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio, based in Rome, the lack of the signature constitutes ground for annulment of the refusal, because the absence of one of the essential requirements of the administrative act. The Consulate, therefore, was ordered to renew the measure.
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Published on 13 May 2014
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