Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Berlusconi's PdL party weighs new protest at Milan court


Rome, March 14 - Senior figures in Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party weighed on Thursday
whether to stage a new protest at the Milan courthouse this
Saturday after a demonstration last Monday sent shock-waves
across the Italian political scene.
On Monday, PdL parliamentarians accused the judiciary of
persecuting Berlusconi and threatened to boycott the first
session of parliament after a judge presiding over the 'Ruby'
trial sent three doctors to check whether Berlusconi, who is in
hospital, really was unfit to attend the scheduled trial hearing
that day.
The PdL was also irate that Berlusconi had received an
order for immediate judgment in Naples due to allegations
related to graft.
The Naples prosecutor alleges that Berlusconi was involved
in paying Senator Sergio De Gregorio three million euros to
switch sides from centre-left to centre-right six years ago, a
move that was instrumental to the collapse of ex-premier Romano
Prodi's centre-left majority in 2007.
After the Monday demonstration, Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano met on Tuesday with PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano and
then with the Supreme Council of Magistrates. Napolitano then
issued a note calling the Monday protest "unprecedented".
On Wednesday, Napolitano suffered attacks in the media and
by Beppe Grillo, leader of the 5-Star Movement, for being overly
The PdL's new public demonstration would be made to
coincide with a scheduled hearing in Berlusconi's Mediaset
trial, in which Berlusconi is appealing a four-year conviction
for tax fraud in the purchase of broadcasting rights by his
Mediaset group.

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