Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Berlusconi announces anti-judiciary street protest March 23

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Milan, March 1 - Italian ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi announced to journalists in a Milan court on Friday
that a street protest will be held on March 23 "against the
judiciary's activity".
"There is a part of the judiciary that uses justice to
combat and eliminate political adversaries that can not be
eliminated with the democratic system of elections," said the
leader of the Italian centre-right.
On Thursday, judicial sources said Berlusconi is being
probed in Naples for allegedly paying three million euros to
Senator Sergio De Gregorio to switch sides from the centre-left
to the centre-right. De Gregorio defected from the left during
Romano Prodi's 2006-2008 government and eventually joined
Berlusconi's party.
Also on Thursday, prosecutors in the northern city of
Reggio Emilia said they had opened a probe into a letter
Berlusconi sent to millions of Italians about an election pledge
to pay back the IMU property-tax.
Berlusconi was accused of attempting to buy votes with the
pledge by rival politicians, who complained the letter was
deceptive as it looked like an official document informing
people about how to obtain a rebate, rather than an election
pamphlet.
Rome prosecutors are also investigating after a similar
petition.
Berlusconi is on trial in Milan over accusations he paid
for sex with an underage Moroccan dancer, and is accused of
abuse of office in the same case.
Berlusconi is also appealing against a one-year conviction
he was handed last year for tax fraud on film rights for his
Mediaset TV group.
The ex-premier has also been indicted over accusations he
was involved in the publication of an illegally obtained
wiretaps.
In the on-going and several other previous trials,
Berlusconi has always denied wrongdoing, claiming he is the
victim of a minority group of allegedly left-wing prosecutors
and judges who he says are persecuting him for political
reasons.
Berlusconi has been tried some 30 times but has only been
convicted three times - verdicts that were either timed out by
the statute of limitations or overturned on appeal - prior to
the Mediaset fraud verdict

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