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Berlusconi 'did not respond' to Palermo prosecutors' call-up


(ANSA) - Rome, July 18 - Silvio Berlusconi on Monday failed
to respond to a call-up from Palermo prosecutors who wanted to
question the former Italian premier about alleged negotiations
between the State and the Sicilian mafia in the early 1990s,
several Italian newspapers reported on Wednesday.
The media-magnate, who is expected to run for a fourth term
as premier next year, reportedly justified his failure to attend
the meeting because of official business that presented a
"legitimate impediment".
Palermo prosecutors are looking at negotiations that
allegedly took place to try to stop a series of Cosa Nostra bomb
attacks that claimed the lives of anti-Mafia judges Giovanni
Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
Berlusconi said in a statement that comments attributed to
him about the case by Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica on
Wednesday were false.
The case has caused Palermo prosecutors to clash with
Italy's head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano.
On Monday Napolitano called on the Constitutional Court to
intervene because prosecutors in the Sicilian capital had
surpassed their powers by wiretapping his conversations and
failing to destroy the recordings.

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