Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Court orders Berlusconi's paper to pay damages

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Rome, March 5 - Italy's Court of Cassation on
Tuesday said a newspaper owned by the brother of former premier
Silvio Berlusconi would have to pay 100,000 euros in damages to
a judge it accused of hounding Berlusconi.
The court ruled an article in 1999 by Il Giornale against
Ilda Boccassini, the judge who presided some cases against
Berlusconi (including the current "Rubygate" prostitution
trial), constituted a "negation" of the "institutional role" of
the courts and attacked their "impartial and independent"
nature.
In the article, headlined "Guilty at all costs", Il
Giornale reporter Salvatore Scarpino accused Milan magistrates -
including Boccassini - of seeking to use their positions to
"take over the country and lead it" and to have used "political
and ideological criteria" in picking their battles against
Silvio Berlusconi.
Berlusconi made a splash when he entered national politics
in 1994 at the helm of a new political party then called Forza
Italia (Let's go Italy).
Critics had accused him of entering politics as a way to
stave off a series of judicial inquiries.

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