Europe's top human rights court says the unpunished police beating of a 62-year-old man during July 2001 protests at the Genoa G-8 summit amounted to torture.

The summit was marked by violent confrontations between black-clad protesters and police, with entire neighborhoods devastated. The night of July 21-22, both Arnaldo Cestaro and a group of protesters were in a school when police stormed the building. The court said Cestaro raised his arms in surrender, but was beaten and kicked by the officers, suffering fractures and other injuries.

The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Cestaro's treatment amounted to torture, and criticized the lack of accountability for those responsible for the violence. Cestaro was awarded 45,000 euros ($48,900) and the court said Italy must change its laws.