Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Magistrates, rivals slam Berlusconi's views on bribes

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Rome, February 14 - Italian magistrates on Thursday
condemned ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's contention that
companies are forced to view bribes as a part of doing business
in the third world.
Berlusconi sparked a pre-election flap by saying criticism
of bribes such as those suspected in a major helicopter deal by
defence giant Finmeccanica with India amounted to "facile
moralism".
The judges and prosecutors' union ANM said the statement
from the media magnate, who was premier at the time of the
12-copter deal in 2010, was "unacceptable".
International corruption "is not (just) ethically
reprehensible behaviour but a crime (which) must be prosecuted,"
said ANM chief Rodolfo Sabelli.
Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, Berlusconi's main
rival in the February 24-25 elections, also reacted sharply,
saying "enough of Berlusconi, enough with kickbacks".
Former prosecutor Antonio Ingroia, leading a small leftist
coalition, said Berlusconi, who has seen a number of corruption
convictions overturned and is currently appealing a film-rights
fraud conviction, was "acquitting himself" by implication.
Berlusconi, who is also on trial for sex with an underaged
prostitute and illegally obtaining a wiretap, has long accused
allegedly left-wing prosecutors of persecuting him.
On Wednesday he said Italy's independent judiciary was "out
of control" and had to be reined in.

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